Friday February 19 2021
Kluivert 'happy' at Leipzig

Roma loanee Justin Kluivert said he can imagine staying at RB Leipzig ‘for a long time’ but stressed it’s not his decision.

The 21-year-old arrived at Roma in July 2018 and had played 68 competitive games for the Giallorossi but moved on loan with an option to buy last summer.

He has struggled with injuries during his time in Germany and has played 15 competitive games, scoring twice, but he pictures a future with Die Roten Bullen.

“I can definitely imagine it at the moment,” he told “But ultimately, the decision isn’t mine alone. We will see what the future brings.”

He arrived at Roma at a young age and revealed his father, Patrick, wanted him to stay at Ajax.

“Dad thought staying another year at Ajax would do me good,” he said. “It’s important to listen to parental advice, but also to listen to yourself.

“For me, it was the right time. It was a moved that helped me a lot. Being faced with difficulties for the first time in my career was important, it made me mature.”

But the Dutch winger said he is happy with his move to the German Bundesliga and said coach Julian Nagelsmann helps him become ‘more versatile’.

“I had already visited the Leipzig training centre in 2018, I don’t know why I didn’t choose it right away,” Kluivert continued. “But now I’m happy to be here.

“We play at a high level in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. Nagelsmann is making me more versatile.

“Sometimes he’s making me play on the wing and sometimes more central. I like it, because I can play at a high pace.

“There is more space here than in Serie A. I can imagine myself in Leipzig for a long time. I’m satisfied.

“I want to give my best until the end of the season and beyond. We’ll see what the future holds for me.”