Former Barcelona and Manchester United midfielder Jordi Cruyff says that he is enjoying himself in Cyprus as the director of football of AEK Larnaca.
Son of Dutch and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, Jordi retired from his playing career in 2010 and was appointed the Cypriot First Division's side footballing director. Larnaca are doing extremely well this season and are currently third in the table after 23 games.
Cruyff is pleased with his team's and his own progress and told Fifa.com, "Our head coach Ton Caanen and I are very happy with our performance over the first-half of the season. We only have a small budget, but we’ve still managed to put together a good team.
"We want to reach the play-offs, and to do that we have to finish in the top four. We’re also in the quarter-finals of the cup.
"So let’s see where we go from there. In any case, we’ve already achieved more than we set out to.
"Planning is also under way for next season, when we’re hoping to add more depth to the squad to avoid the injury problems which have affected us this campaign."
The 37-year-old further explained his decision to move to Cyprus after hanging up his boots last summer.
"My decision to go to Cyprus was a bit out of the ordinary," Cruyff explained. "When I called time on my playing career, I wanted to see where my future lay. Right now, I’m enjoying my job here as director of football.
"It gives me an insight into all the aspects of the game, and I feel I can build something here once we have the structures in place.
"It's a big challenge for me and, at the same time, a learning curve, which will be very helpful for my future career."