21-year-old Dutch prodigy Justin Kluivert recently conveyed to Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad" that he very much wanted to remain in the Bundesliga.
Unfortunately, it looks as if the German Red Bulls don't have a purchase option for the on-loan Roma winger.
More than a few heads swivel-shifted when the son of famous Dutch footballer Patrick Kluivert spoke of his desire to remain with the Leipzig project. One of the stars of RB's current transfer class recently told a newspaper in his native Holland that he felt at home in Germany, and wished to remain in Saxony to play alongside incoming countryman Brian Brobbey.
"I feel comfortable here," the U21 Dutch international told "Algemeen Dagblad", "Do I want to stay? Of course. It would be great to show [Brian] how everything works here. For him, it would be great if he weren't the only Dutchman here."
As Kluivert has steadily improved over the course of the Bundesliga campaign, many reports began to surface indicating that this was a possibility. Germany's Sport Bild and Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio initially reported that the German side could purchase the player for a fee in the €10-13 million range.
"Algemeen Dagblad" did its own digging, however, and it was revealed today that no such clause exists. Kluivert himself confirmed this in a follow up interview with the Netherlands' daily.
"My loan does not included a purchase clause," the youngster rather ruefully noted, adding somewhat hopefully, "[But] You know how things go when the transfer market opens up."
Kluivert's performances in recent weeks have earned him plenty of deserved accolades. While certainly not an indispensable part of the Leipzig squad, he has proved an invaluable spark off the bench and brings with him a discernible vigor that Julian Nagelsmann should consider retaining.
Kluivert has scored twice and bagged three assists in 21 appearances across all competitions for the Saxons this year. In the recent UEFA U-21 European Group stage, he scored against the German national team.