FC Barcelona’s stars want Patrick Kluivert to replace Quique Setien as manager, according to a report.
On Sunday morning, Mundo Deportivo leads with a front page splash on its newspaper where more details are provided of the sensational development within.
The club legend, Kluivert has the pedigree that is respected by the locker room’s heavyweights referred to by local press as the “sacred cows”.
Wasting no time to appoint him, Cristina Cubero understands that there is a possibility “Kluivert is the Barça coach in the next Champions League [match]”, and that this is news that “has gone down well” among the likes of Lionel Messi.
“Kluivert is a true standard-bearer for the Barça model, capable of stirring up the dressing room and giving it precisely what Messi was demanding: intensity and character,” Cubero writes further – a reference to the Argentine’s scathing attack on the team following the 1-2 loss to Osasuna that handed Real Madrid the La Liga title.
“Kluivert is the leader on the bench that Barça lacks,” she continues, “the coach who has been a high-level player wearing the Barça shirt and who knows how to face every situation.”
While Kluivert’s relationship with the aforementioned sacred cows is “excellent”, his role overseeing the La Masia academy as a director means that he is “perfectly” acquainted with “the young talents that the club has been incorporating into the first team”.
Furthermore, it is also believed he would be capable of developing Frenkie de Jong and extracting the form that is expected of the budding midfielder.
Now, though, the final decision rests with president Josep Bartomeu.
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