Ajax's Justin Kluivert rules out Man United move 'for now'

Aditya Devavrat 17:25 05/02/2018
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Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert put a dampener on speculation suggesting he was close to agreeing a move to Manchester United.

“I have heard the rumours but I haven’t spoken to (Jose) Mourinho,” Kluivert said to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

“A move to Manchester United wouldn’t make sense, for now.”

Reports on Sunday had suggested that the two clubs would finalise a transfer by the end of this season, after Mourinho was spotted giving words of encouragement to Kluivert at the end of United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in last season’s Europa League final.

The United manager has known Kluivert since the 18-year-old was a boy, when his father and Dutch star Patrick Kluivert was at Barcelona during Mourinho’s tenure as an assistant coach there.

Mourinho himself poured cold water over the rumours. While not addressing speculation about Kluivert directly, Mourinho said after United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday that he would not be looking to sign any attacking players in the summer.

“We have (Juan) Mata, (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial, (Jesse) Lingard, and Alexis (Sanchez), so I don’t want attacking players. So if you want to speculate in the summer you have to go to other areas because I’m really happy with the attacking players.

“It’s bad for you (the media) because you like to have things to write and speculate, especially in the summer, but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here because nobody is coming here.”

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