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Kluivert wants more Roma starts

15:09 SAST 2018/10/10
Justin Kluivert Roma 2018-19
The former Ajax winger has made solid start to life in Serie A and is positive about his future after scoring his first goal in Italy

Justin Kluivert wants to play more after scoring his first goal for Roma.

The Dutch winger has made two starts and three substitute appearances for the Serie A club since his £16 million ($21m) move from Ajax in the summer.

The 19-year-old, son of Ajax and Barcelona great Patrick Kluivert, was on target in Roma's 5-0 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen in their last game.

And he told Fox Sports: “I’d like to play more games from the first minute and I hope it happens more often in the future.

“For now, I can’t complain, I feel like I’m growing so much and I feel good at Roma.

“I’m trying to come through, but I have great confidence in myself and I’m ready to show my worth.

“I know it’s easy to go from being a great talent to a player who risks not making it, but for me it’s not a problem whatsoever. I have to keep proving myself.

“However, I know that sooner or later my time will come. I just have to keep training hard, like I’m already doing.”

Kluivert was the subject of intense transfer speculation before his move to Roma, with Manchester United reportedly interested following a productive breakthrough season with Ajax.

However, his father believes he will be better off in the Italian capital than he would have been at Old Trafford.

"A jump to the Premier League would have been difficult," Kluivert senior told La Gazzetta dello Sport at the time of the move. "I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower.

"I'm very satisfied with what he is doing. He doesn't speak much, but he is someone who knows how to listen and is motivated, I would have liked to stay in Ajax for another year, but he chose for himself. I think Roma is a good solution.

"Roma must not win by force and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now. Then, who doesn't dream of Barcelona? But Italian football is catching up and Justin can take advantage of it."