Patrick Kluivert reveals why he didn't want his son, Justin, to join Man United

Justin Kluivert in a pre-season friendly for Roma

Despite interest from Manchester United, teenage winger Justin Kluivert joined Roma from Ajax in a £15.8m deal this summer.

His father, Patrick Kluivert, also left Ajax at the age of 19 to move to Italy.

The 42-year-old retired goalscorer spent one year at AC Milan before enjoying a successful six-year spell at Barcelona.

And his son appears ready to emulate his father's career.

"My dream club? Barcelona. That is my dream club," Kluivert junior told Goal in March.

"To follow in my father's footsteps? Yes. That is my dream club in the end. I would not mind going elsewhere, but Barcelona is the dream."

Already capped at international level, 19-year-old Justin Kluivert is one of the most exciting talents in Dutch football.

The youngster made his debut for Roma against Torino this weekend, coming off the bench with the scores at 0-0.

In the 89th minute, Kluivert went on a mazy dribble to assist Edin Dzeko for the winner.

Justin Kluivert on his Roma debut

A dream start for the highly-rated teenager.

Following his excellent debut, Kluivert senior told Gazzetta dello Sport that choosing Roma over Man United was an intelligent move.

“I’m very satisfied with what he is doing,” said Kluivert, as per the Independent.

“A job would have been difficult. I think United would have been too big a jump.

"Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower.”

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He's probably right too - Kluivert would be competing with Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for a place in Man United's starting XI.

On top of that, United's young attacking talents aren't exactly thriving under Mourinho's management.

Rashford, 20, and Martial, 22, have both struggled at Old Trafford since bursting onto the scene as teenagers.

Kluivert senior added: “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.”

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