Rafael van der Vaart: ‘Bit sad’ that Justin Kluivert plays for Bournemouth | Football

Justin Kluivert moved from Roma in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham player Rafael van der Vaart has said he is saddened by Justin Kluivert’s decision to move to Bournemouth and believes it will harm his chances of getting back into the national team.

Kluivert joined the Cherries in a £9.5million deal last summer from Roma after mixed loan spells at Valencia, Nice and RB Leipzig.

The Dutch forward had spent two seasons at the Italian side following his big-money move from Ajax in 2018 but failed to become a regular in the team, notching up just five Serie A goals in his time at the club.

Kluivert has found a regular berth in Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth side, scoring two Premier League goals so far this season, but the move has not gone down well with fellow countryman Van der Vaart.

‘I think it’s a shame that he plays there because he has so many qualities,’ the former Tottenham player said on Dutch television. ‘In a way, I think it’s a bit sad.’

‘We don’t hear much from him. He first played at Valencia, which I think is a great club. Then you put yourself in the spotlight.

‘But when you play at Bournemouth, you really don’t get into the Dutch national team.’

Justin Kluivert of AFC Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and AFC Bournemouth.

The forward has scored four goals in all competitions this season (Picture: Getty)

Kluivert made his debut for the Dutch national side in March 2018 against Portugal after his breakthrough campaign at Ajax.

The 24-year-old played just 17 minutes across two substitute appearances, however, and has not been called up to the national team since 2019.

On the pitch, the winger struggled at the weekend as Bournemouth fell to a heavy 4-0 home defeat against Liverpool.

Kluivert was substituted in the second half as braces from Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez restored Liverpool’s five-point lead at the top of the table.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, sit 12th after back-to-back league defeats against Jurgen Klopp’s side and Tottenham late last year.


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