|PSG Sporting Director|
|Desc||Van Gaal’s faith gave Kluivert the opportunity to become the youngest goalscorer in a Champions League final when he scored Ajax’s famous late winner in 1995 at the age of just 18. The master also signed the apprentice for Barcelona in 1998 and years later appointed Kluivert to his coaching staff on the Dutch national team|
|Org||Dutch National Team|
|Club as Coach||Paris Saint-Germain [Sporting Director]|
|Club as Player||Barcelona Fc|
|Club as Player||Barcelona FC|
2017 07 07 Retrieve
[Patrick Kluivert comments on Marco Verratti who was trying to force a move out to join Barcelona] Verratti renewed last year for four years and I know that Verratti wants to come to Barca but PSG will not let him
2018 03 23 Retrieve
[Kluivert tells son Justin to snub Manchester United for Barcelona] I’m very proud of him. He’s doing very good at Ajax. He’s now a first XI player. If he’s playing like this in the long-term, he could be one important player in the future.
Of course, I prefer that he goes to Barcelona but in football everything can happen. He’s an adult, he can make his own decisions but he’s already said it’s a dream for him to play for Barcelona. But you never know in football.
[Patrick Kluivert’s fondness of Barca also makes him believe Ernesto Valverde’s side can win the Champions League this season] There are some good teams capable of winning it [the Champions League]. It’s important to be in the quarter-finals. Barcelona are one of those teams. They are playing really well in LaLiga and now will face Roma. But there is also Manchester City, Bayern Munich, many teams. It’s hard to say who will win it, but Barcelona are playing very well and winning the important games.
2018 03 28 Retrieve
[Kluivert hoping to see Barcelona star become best of all time] [Messi] is special because over all the years he has kept playing at this level. I have great respect for Leo. He does everything really well - free kicks, dribbling, whatever he tries. Every single player and manager is impressed about what he is doing and he’s been doing that for a long time already
I hope that he becomes the best player in football history.
If you had asked me two years ago [if Messi was in the form of his life], I would have said yes. But now he is impressive, being 30 years old and playing better than anyone else.
It’s a pleasure to see him as he is a great player.
2018 06 09 Retrieve
[Justin Kluivert warned off Barcelona move by his own father] The truth is that now is not the time. He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides
I try, I tell him, he is 19 years old and thinks he can play with [Lionel] Messi, Luis Suarez, [Sergio] Busquets, [Philippe] Coutinho … But he has to do more yards. When a team sits down to negotiate in earnest, they will have to explain the project, what they want from him, and then it will be my son who decides if he accepts it
2018 12 21 Retrieve
[Justin Kluivert, Roma’s flying NxGn winger who could outshine his illustrious father] I’m very satisfied with what he is doing. A job would have been difficult. I think [Manchester] United would have been too big a jump. Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower.
He doesn’t speak much, but he is someone who knows how to listen and is motivated, I would have liked to stay in Ajax for another year, but he chose for himself. I think Roma is a good solution.
Roma must not win by force and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now. Then, who doesn’t dream of Barcelona? But Italian football is catching up and Justin can take advantage of it
2019 02 05 Retrieve
[Patrick Kluivert says Aubameyang can play for Barcelona] I like Marcus Rashford, a lot. It will be really difficult to get him over. But he is a good player. I don’t see a lot of players who can play in Barcelona. Aubameyang, perhaps he can play. There is not a lot. Maybe some players who can play in La Liga, young players. But for me, I think the best one is Marcus Rashford
2019 02 13 Retrieve
[Kluivert on Edwin van der Sar] It was very important to have a goalkeeper who was good with his feet, and he was one of the best of them
2019 02 14 Retrieve
[Kluivert heaped praise on Clarence Seedorf] Clarence is like a brother to me, he is a great human being but also a great player, I think he is the most valuable player in Dutch history, winning four Champions Leagues with three different clubs.
2019 02 15 Retrieve
[Kluivert heaped praise on Dennis Bergkamp] Dennis was an artist, he knows exactly where he is on the pitch and it is so difficult to defend against him as he’s always one step ahead. I think that he is one of the best
2019 03 06 Retrieve
[Dutch wonderkid Justin Kluivert enduring a difficult first season at Roma] If you see your son following in your footsteps that’s a great feeling
[Of course, his father had even warned him against making the same mistake he did by leaving Ajax at such a young age] If you’re 19 and you’re going to another country, it’s not easy. I personally said to him maybe it’s better to stay one more year at Ajax, to get some more miles on the clock, to be important for the team. sBut he’s 19 years old. He’s still young. He makes his own decisions, and as a dad, I have to stand behind all the decisions that he makes
2019 07 25 Retrieve
[Kluivert handed keys to La Masia academy as Barcelona’s new director of youth football] I am very happy to be back home and looking forward to this new era, with the challenge of keeping Barca among the top teams in the world. I grew up at the Ajax academy, which is very similar to La Masia, and I think I can do a lot for the development of young Barca players
2019 11 19 Retrieve
[When asked how Fati’s progression is being managed at Camp Nou] It’s being overseen more by (sporting director Eric) Abidal and (his assistant Ramon) Planes. We’re communicating well with each other. If all the first-team players are at 100 per cent, I have the feeling that he will have to play for Barca B to get some minutes in his legs. We saw that with Carles Perez at the weekend, too
[Valverde’s future at Camp Nou has been the subject of much speculation recently] Out of respect for Valverde, I don’t want to position myself. (Ronald Koeman) is a very good coach, he’s doing really well with the Dutch national team. One day? I don’t know, maybe, but I insist, out of respect for Valverde, I don’t want to talk about other managers when there’s one in a job at this club.
2019 11 20 Retrieve
[Barcelona academy director Patrick Kluivert says the Spanish giants may be forced into a direct choice – signing Neymar, or allowing Ansu Fati to flourish] You never know, but as you’ve seen, it’s not easy [to sign Neymar]. For two reasons: Qatar, and also the fact that if you bring in Neymar, you slow down some players that are already at the club. This is a decision that must be made internally. If you bring him in, he’s a great player. But Ansu Fati, who plays the same role, you put the brakes on him, or other players. What do we want to do? That’s what we have to ask ourselves. Do we want Neymar, do we want young players to come through, or do we want both?
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Former Dutch international star Patrick Kluivert, who is now the director of youth football at Barcelona, said earlier this week that his compatriot may have regretted his decision after turning down interest from Barca] I would not say I tried to convince Matthijs de Ligt, I could only tell him very good things about both Barcelona the city, as well as the club. But in the end it is the player and his agent who decide. Of course De Ligt is a great defender, but in the end he made a choice. I think he is a little sorry, but it is what it is
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[on Konrad De la Fuente] I’ve spoken quite a few times with Konrad. I think Konrad is a very bright player. He has a very good one-on-one action. He needs to score more, but as I say that in the last three games he has scored four goals, so that’s a good thing. I think when he continues like this next year, he will be for sure in the Barca B team
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Patrick Kluivert says Justin Kluivert would ‘love’ Barcelona move] Of course [Justin] would love to play for Barcelona one day. He expressed in the press his goal is to play for Barcelona. He’s fitting in quite well at AS Roma. He’s in a young team with experienced and non-experienced players.
I think he needs to begin to play a lot more matches, make a lot of kilometres, and I hope at the end of the day he can sign for Barcelona because that’s also my dream, of course. If you see your son following in your footsteps, that’s a great feeling