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Patrick Kluivert returns to Barcelona as director of youth football

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The Dutchman is back at the Camp Nou

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

Barcelona confirmed on Thursday that Patrick Kluivert has returned to the club as their new director of youth football.

The Dutchman has signed a deal that runs until 2021 and will be charged with overseeing the club’s youngsters.

“I am very happy to be back home and looking forward to this new era, with the challenge of keeping Barça among the top teams in the world,” he said.

“I grew up at the Ajax academy, which is very similar to La Masía, and I think I can do a lot for the development of young Barça players.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Kluivert returns to Barcelona 15 years after his departure as a player. He scored 145 goals for the Blaugrana and helped the club win La Liga in 1999.

He has gone on to have coaching roles at several clubs, most recently as assistant to Clarence Seedorf with Cameroon.