Barcelona Puts Patrick Kluivert in Charge of La Masia

Patrick Kluivert has been appointed director of youth football at Barcelona on a two-year contract.

The role marks a return for the former Netherlands international to the club where he spent six seasons as a player, scoring 123 goals in 259 games across all competitions.

Kluivert will be responsible for overseeing the famed La Masia academy, which produced world-renowned talents such as Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets – who have all gone on to lift various trophies with the Blaugrana.

The announcement comes just over a week after the 43-year-old was dismissed from his position as assistant manager by Cameroon.

Head coach Clarence Seedorf and assistant Kluivert had their contracts terminated after failing to guide the Indomitable Lions beyond the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations, losing 3-2 to Nigeria as they failed to defend their title.

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