Justin Kluivert’s father Patrick Kluivert has revealed that his son rejected a move to Manchester United because it would have been “too big a jump” for him when moving from Ajax, according to a report on Team Talk.
The youngster chose to move to Italian Serie A side AS Roma instead and his father believes that it was the correct decision.
United were heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old forward but Roma sealed a deal which could ultimately rise up to €18.75m to take him to Italy.
Kluivert faced United in the UEFA Europa League final two seasons ago and was spotted having a chat with Jose Mourinho, which increased speculation that he would be moving to Old Trafford.
When speaking about the move, his father said:
I’m very satisfied with what he is doing. 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.
A jump to the Premier League would have been difficult. I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower.
Roma 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.
Kluivert was involved in Roma’s first Serie A match of the season as they secured a late 1-0 win over Torino.