Dutch national team manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the NOS about the trend of young talented Dutch players leaving the Eredivisie at a young age to sign for foreign clubs.

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A number of young talents have left the Eredivisie for clubs abroad recently while Justin Kluivert is being heavily linked with the exit at Ajax.

Koeman said, ”It is a shame that young talented Dutch players are leaving the Netherlands for foreign club’s that is not a good situation for the clubs nor for Dutch football.

”I believe that the responsibility lies with the players however young they are to make the right choice.

”Family also plays a role, the transfer fee that a player commands and the role of the agent too. The most important reasons a player should leave his club should be sporting reasons and that they will play regularly.

”How early young talented Dutch players leave the Eredivisie how quicker the level of the Eredivisie will drop.

”We are still training up many good young talented players here in the Netherlands but they are not quite yet ready for the level demanded in the Eredivisie.

”I also believe that we here in the Netherlands have lost the race in comparison to foreign leagues in the fact that our young players think to weigh up a move to a foreign league at a young age.”

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