According to reports in The Mirror, Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has urged Ajax winger Justin Kluivert to ignore interest from England and stay with the Eredivisie giants amid links with Manchester United.
The former Southampton and Everton boss, who worked with Jose Mourinho during the duo’s time at Barcelona, named the uncapped 18-year-old in his first squad since he was named as the new coach of the national team, for the friendly matches against England in Amsterdam on Friday night and then Portugal on Monday as they look to start building for their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.
The Mirror says that the teenager is attracting interest from the Red Devils – with fans already commenting on whether he would be a good addition or not – after scoring 10 goals and providing a further nine assists in 50 appearances for the Dutch club to date, with manager Jose Mourinho reserving time to speak to the youngster on the pitch following his side’s Europa League final win against Ajax last season.
However, Kluivert, the son of former Barcelona striker Patrick, is in discussions to extend his current deal which is due to expire in 2019, and Koeman has advised him against a move to Old Trafford to stay in his home country.
The 55-year-old said, via The Mirror: “He’s in talks with Ajax about his contract.
“I think the best is for him stay in Holland because he’s only 18.”
Kluivert primarily plays on the left wing for Ajax, and he would certainly have plenty of competition in that positon if he did move to Old Trafford considering the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can all also play there.
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