Thursday, 12th September, 2013
Robin van Persie has already started to make the case for Patrick Kluivert and Danny Blind to be at the forefront of the Dutch national team when Louis van Gaal quits.
Van Gaal will stand down from his post after the 2014 World Cup and, despite that tournament being only a little less than 12 months away, thoughts in Holland have already been directed at who will succeed him.
For Van Persie, assistant coach Kluivert should certainly remain involved, with the former striker having helped the Manchester United man to hone his skills on the international front.
Blind, who assists Van Gaal too, would also be a welcome face in any new set-up for Van Persie.
"I hope that Patrick Kluivert remains because I work with him, and also with Danny Blind", the striker told De Telegraaf.
"I think they do well.
"If the KNVB [Dutch FA] ask for my opinion, the answer is clear, because I would like to continue with them for longer. They are true professionals and they love it."
Van Persie also reserved special words for Kluivert, who he feels is helping hugely on the striking front, even when it comes to breaking his record of 40 goals for the national team.
"It's really great that Patrick is now one of my coaches.
"He helps me, wants me to surpass him in terms of goals. After each game we sit together to watch DVDs, he wants to correct my mistakes and we talk about the details."
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