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Kluivert tells Roma: I came here to start

00:17 GMT+3 05/09/2018
Justin Kluivert Roma 2018-19
The Dutch winger is determined to force his way into Eusebio Di Francesco's starting XI, with his outings to date having come from off the bench

Justin Kluivert has told Roma that he wants to “become a starter”, with the Dutchman determined to work his way off the bench.

The 19-year-old winger, who is the son of former Barcelona star Patrick, was a man in demand during the summer transfer window.

His exploits after graduating out of a famed academy system at Ajax saw Europe’s top clubs falling over themselves in an effort to secure his signature.

Kluivert eventually opted to further his development in Serie A, with the decision taken to avoid joining a truly elite club at this stage of his career.

He has had to be patient since arriving in the Italian capital, with two appearances made as a substitute, but he has made it clear that he made a move with the intention of starting every week.

Kluivert told Fox Sports: "I want to become a starter, I have joined Roma for just that.

"My time has not yet arrived, but I have played several minutes and I'm happy. I'm also satisfied with the training sessions . Things are heading in the right direction.

"My house is almost ready and everything is going as planned.

“Everyone knew that the start in Rome would be difficult because they expect so much. At Ajax I was freer on the field, while here I have to play more centrally. I feel more and more comfortable though.”

Despite having only seen 65 minutes of Serie A football so far, Kluivert does already have an assist to his name – having teed up Edin Dzeko during a 1-0 win over Torino on the opening weekend.