Kluivert: Hopefully I can coach Barca

Former Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert admits to an ambition to sit on the Camp Nou bench but wants to build his experience first.

Kluivert represented La Blaugrana between 1998 and 2004, also turning out for Ajax, Milan, Newcastle, Valencia, PSV Eindhoven and Lille, and began his coaching career by taking charge of the Curacao national team after spells as an assistant in the Netherlands and with the Dutch national team.

“Coach Barca? You never know, but I want to start on another team. Hopefully in the future I can coach Barca because it is the best club in the world,” he told 4G Radio, Marca reports.

“I would like to coach in Spain. I’d like to start at a good team, but not Barca.”

Kluivert then offered his opinion on the current Barca, trained by Luis Enrique, and Saturday’s Clasico fixture with Real Madrid.

“Barca are playing very well because they’re playing without the best player in the world and playing well and winning games,” he said, referencing Lionel Messi’s injury absence.

“The Clasico is a special game. At the present Barca have a small advantage but the game is played at Santiago Bernabeu, though in the past we’ve seen Barca can win there.

“These are the games you want to play. I was excited and a little nervous, but only what was necessary.

“Neymar? It’s not impossible he could be the best in the world. He’s playing very well and I think he could reach the level of Messi, but Messi has shown he can be at a high level for years.”

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