Saturday 15 December 2018

Justin Kluivert responds to rumours that he is close to joining Man United

Jose Mourinho talks to Justin Kluivert
Jose Mourinho talks to Justin Kluivert
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has rejected claims that he is close to sealing a move to Manchester United, amid speculation that talks have taken place for the teenager to move to Old Trafford.

Reports in Holland and England have suggested that United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to add the son of former Holland international Patrick Kluivert to his United forward line, even though he stated on Saturday that he is not looking to add extra firepower to his attacking options following Alexis Sanchez’s arrival last month.

That has not stopped rumours persisting over Mourinho’s long-term interest in the player, with the warm exchange between the duo on the pitch following last May’s Europa League final adding to the suspicion that the United boss is a big fan of Kluivert’s talents.

Yet the 18-year-old has moved to dispel the theory that he will move to United this summer, as he believes he needs time to develop at Ajax.

“I have heard the rumours but I haven’t spoken to Mourinho,” Kluivert told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. “A move to Manchester United wouldn't make sense, for now.”

Kluivert has scored five goals from 14 league starts for Ajax this season and it seems he is not keen to make the leap to United any time soon. 

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