Kluivert: “I hope Smalling and Mkhitaryan remain. I want to score more often”.


Roma winger Justin Kluivert was interviewed by Goal.com and Voetbalzone today and discussed his season and his time at Roma. Here’s what he had to say:

Which role on the pitch do you prefer?
At Ajax and my first season at Roma, I played very wide, but now I am more of a number 10 or I play on the left as an inverted winger. I like it a lot because I have more freedom and I can find my position. My second year is going much better, I’m satisfied. Last season it was all new: language, teammates, style of play. You have to get used to everything. Now I’m happy.

The objectives are very clear: Champions League qualification and a Europa League victory. How have Smalling and Mkhitaryan adapted? Which teammates are you close with?
I am focused on the Champions League objective and the Europa League. There is still a long way to go but we want to win it. It will be a knockout tournament so it’s very exciting. I want to score more often and reach ten goals.

Smalling? He is a warrior, he immediately made a difference. Mkhitaryan scores and assists: he is important for the team. I can certainly learn from them. I hope they remain at Roma.

I talk a lot with my younger teammates like Ünder but also with Karsdorp because he speaks Dutch and is an exceptional guy.

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