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Patrick Kluivert will not continue as FC Barcelona academy director

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José Ramón Alexanko is strongly rumored to be taking over

Benin v Cameroon: Group F - 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Photo by Visionhaus

Patrick Kluivert is out as head of La Masia.

Starting next month, the former striker will leave his post as FC Barcelona academy director, as decided by newly elected president Joan Laporta.

José Ramón Alexanko is said to be his replacement. The former Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona defender was also an assistant coach at Barça under Carles Rexach. He was recently the academy and scouting director of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, from 2019 until last November.

Kluivert was appointed after his stint as director of football at Paris Saint-Germain and assistant manager of Cameroon. He was said to have been hired at the insistence of Barcelona executive Xavi Vilajoana.

The former Dutch international was tasked with working on some important contract renewals of youth players such as Pablo Páez ‘Gavi’, Ilias Akhomach, and Ángel Alarcón.

He has not been fired effective immediately like some other holdovers of the Josep Maria Bartomeu era. Laporta will reportedly allow Kluivert to finish up the season before leaving.