Kluivert to wear No.34 in poignant tribute to former teammate

Justin Kluivert has chosen to wear the No. 34 shirt for Roma - a tribute to his former teammate at Ajax, Abdelhak Nouri.

Nouri and Kluivert progressed through the academy system together in Amsterdam, graduating to the first-team squad at a similar time.

Tragically, last summer Nouri suffered serious brain damage after collapsing on the pitch during a pre-season friendly.

The youngster wore No. 34 for Ajax, and Kluivert has opted to take on the number as he begins his new adventure in the Italian capital. He previously wore No. 45.

"Why 34? Appie’s number," Kluivert wrote on Instagram. "My prayers and shirt number for you, my friend-brother who taught me so much."