JUSTIN Kluivert is aiming to score more goals in the Premier League than his legendary father managed – even if he does not know the exact total!

The Dutch international comes from footballing stock, with both his grandfather Kenneth, and father Patrick, playing professionally.

In a career that took in spells at European giants Ajax, AC Milan, and Barcelona, Patrick Kluivert also spent a season in the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Kluivert senior managed six Premier League goals during the 2004-05 season, also scoring five times in Newcastle’s UEFA Cup run and two match-winners in the FA Cup.

Asked if he had joked with his father about overtaking his tally of Premier League goals, Kluivert told Sky Sports: “I haven't, I haven't.

“I don't know how much he has, I'm not sure, but of course I want more and that's what I'm going for, for sure.”

Kluivert junior first followed in his father’s footsteps by beginning his career with Ajax, before moving on to Serie A, just as Kluivert senior did in 1997 when he swapped Amsterdam for Italy.


During his time in the Italian capital, Kluivert junior enjoyed loan spells in Germany, France, and Spain, his final temporary move away from Roma to another of his father’s former teams, Valencia.

He continued: “It's funny because I've been through a lot of leagues and also some clubs that he played also, so that's also nice.

“And also in the Premier League, where he played a bunch, years back and now me also.

“I know he's proud of me and that's very nice also to say that my dad played in Premier League and now it's my time to give my all for Bournemouth in the Premier League.”

Kluivert and Cherries return to action tomorrow evening, when they continue their preparations for the new season across the New Forest with a trip to recently relegated Southampton.

After playing Saints, they then welcome Serie A outfit Atalanta to Vitality Stadium this Saturday, before rounding off their pre-season campaign with the visit of FC Lorient.