Kluivert: 'I'm here to safeguard Cruyff's philosophy'
- The Dutchman is the new head of the La Masia Academy.
- Ex-Barca player claims that his task will be easier due to previous Ajax' work experience.
- Patrick ensures that De Jong's purchase will help Barca develop in a good old style.
Patrick Kluivert, the new head of the La Masia academy, has told that he is up to a new challenge with revolutionary intentions.
"My main task will be to safeguard the philosophy of Johan Cruyff. It will not be difficult for me because I was at Ajax and Barcelona and both clubs have nearly the same style of play," revealed former Blaugrana striker to the Dutch media De Telegraaf.
The 43-year-old is delighted with De Jong's arrival and assures that it will only help Barca's new strategy.
"I think with the arrival of Frenkie de Jong the links are even stronger."
Kluivert wishes that all of Barca's youngsters will match the philosophy he is determined to bring back.
"I want to see all the players to form my own opinion. Of course, the scouts and coaches will give me information but I think it's important to have an overall idea. In the end, I will help to decide if anyone stays for the next season or not."
Earlier on, Patrick Kluivert was appointed as the new head of the La Masia academy. He signed a two-year contract with his former club.
Previously, the 43-year-old has worked as director of football at Paris Saint-Germain, youth coach at Ajax and Twente as well as an assistant coach at the Dutch national team, Brisbane Roar, AZ and others. Kluivert even worked as head coach at the Curacao national football team. The Dutchman spent his last months before returning to Barca as Clarence Seedorf's assistant at Cameroon national team.
As a player, Kluivert scored 145 goals in 308 matches for FC Barcelona between 1998 and 2004.