Justin Kluivert: ‘I was supposed to go to Real Madrid after Roma’


Roma striker Justin Kluivert claims he was supposed to move to Real Madrid after a few season with the Giallorossi. The 24-year-old has just finished his third loan spell, this time at Valencia, having failed to settle at Roma since joining them in 2018. Speaking with Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport, Kluivert explained how he had expected his career path to be very different, wishing he had never left Ajax:

“In retrospect I would have liked to have stayed at Ajax. Suddenly everything becomes very professional, you have an agent and men who only talk about money.”

“My goal was to go to Barcelona or Madrid. I was nineteen when I left and I thought: I’ll stay at Roma for two years and then I’ll go to Madrid. I was supposed to go to Madrid, but it didn’t happen. I saw Roma as an intermediate step, but since then I’ve seen the other side of football.”


Serie A obsessive.