FC Barcelona has a lot of legends, and that tends to be the case when you are one of the more successful clubs in European football.
Now the club have announced they’ve secured the signature of Shane Kluivert, son of Patrick Kluivert who scored 90 goals in 182 appearances for Barca in the late 90’s, and early 2000’s.
Kluivert helped Barcelona secure the 1999 La Liga title and played in some of the more entertaining teams in European history. Now he’s hoping his son can follow in his footsteps.
Shane signed his first professional deal today having turned 16, and Barcelona will be hoping that they’ve secured a marquee signing for the future. Shane has previously been on the books of PSG while his dad acted as Technical Director.
Kluivert commits future to FC Barcelona after arriving in 2017
Kluivert has actually been on the books at Barca since 2017, but the period before the 16th birthday is always nerve-racking with teams able to poach players with the promise of a faster route to first-team football.
Kluivert however decided to stick with Barcelona, looking to follow in his dad’s iconic footsteps.
Shane is largely tipped for great things having played in the Barca youth ranks and been capped at the U16 level by the Netherlands. He was signed by Nike when he was just 9 years old, largely on the back of his dad’s accomplishments, and he’ll be hoping to make his own mark in the game.
It’s expected that Kluivert will appear for Barcelona’s U18 team this season, but with some positive performances, he could find himself moving through the ranks to appear for Barça Atlètic under head coach Rafael Márquez.
As we’ve seen countless times, Barcelona are never afraid to accelerate someone through the ranks if they’re deemed good enough. Just look at the early progression of Ansu Fati and the work of Lamine Yamal this season.