Dirk Kuyt: I want to emulate Ryan Giggs
Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits that he would like to emulate Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs and play until he is 40 years old.
Giggs was well past his 40th birthday when he announced his retirement from football last summer and was appointed as assistant to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
Considered a Manchester United legend, Giggs holds the record for most number of appearances for the club and has won the most number of Premier League titles with 13 winners’ medals in his locker.
Currently playing an active role on Van Gaal’s coaching staff, the Dutchman has often said that the Welshman provides valuable input as his assistant at Old Trafford.
Kuyt, who faced Giggs during his time at Anfield, admits that he is jealous of Giggs’ longevity in football and revealed that if his body permits he would like to play until he is 40, like the Welshman did.
“I am someone who is jealous of Ryan Giggs, who played until he was 40”, the 34-year-old old told Omroep West.
“If my body can sustain then it would be great if I can manage to play at the top level [until I am 40].”
Currently playing at Fenerbahce, Kuyt is one of the most experienced players at the club and he also has 104 international caps to his name with the Dutch national team.