Justin Kluivert feels he is 'more complete' for early Ajax departure

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Seamus Leonard

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Justin Kluivert insists he does not regret leaving Ajax at the tender age of 19.

The Netherlands international’s career has stalled somewhat since moving to Roma for a reported €18.75m in the summer of 2018.

He spent the 2020/21 on loan at RB Leipzig, and last week was sent out to Ligue 1 side Nice for the next year at least at the behest of new Giallorossi manager José Mourinho.

Given his less than stellar trajectory, many would question the Amsterdam native’s decision to fly the nest of his hometown club so young.

But the now 22-year-old is at ease about his decision to move to Italy.

“I am now further than when I left Ajax,” Kluivert told Voetbal International.

“My move abroad has made me a more complete footballer and a more mature person, 100% sure. But everyone deals with it in their own way.”

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Son of Ajax legend Patrick, Kluivert scored 13 goals in 56 senior appearances during his time at the Johan Cruyff Arena (via Transfermarkt).

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