Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert has expressed his desire to one day link up with good friend Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
The 38-year-old had recently worked under Van Gaal as assistant manager for the Netherlands national side, who came third at this summer’s FIFA World Cup. However, their working relationship ended on Wednesday as the former Dutch coach officially commenced duties at Premier League giants Manchester United.
Van Gaal had announced his decision to step down after the World Cup long before his Old Trafford appointment and will be replaced by the incoming Guus Hiddink. While the current assistant coach will remain a focal part of the backroom setup, Kluivert will leave his role and is to be replaced by the equally legendary Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, via ESPN.
As per TalkSPORT’s Nick Rostron-Pike, Kluivert admitted that he would have loved the opportunity to join Van Gaal’s backroom staff at Old Trafford but confirmed that this was not feasible as the position has already been filled by club legend Ryan Giggs.
The former Dutch coach told TalkSPORT’s Breakfast Show, via Pike:
I talked with Van Gaal and he said he would have loved to have given me the opportunity at Manchester United, but there was somebody already in my position.
I'm fine with it. I would have loved to come to Manchester United. I hope it can happen in the future, you never know.
Kluivert, who also praised Van Gaal’s style of play and insists that the 62-year-old will be out to win the Premier League in his first season, must now look for a new role elsewhere—after all his good work with Oranje in Brazil, we doubt he’ll be short of offers.