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By ESPN Staff

Kluivert returns to Holland with PSV

AMSTERDAM, Aug 31 (Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven have signed former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert from Valencia, the Dutch champions announced on Thursday.

PSV have given the 30-year-old a season-long contract.

Kluivert, who scored a record 40 goals for the Dutch national team in 79 appearances, left Valencia after a disappointing season in which he made just 10 league appearances, scoring once.

He was plagued by injuries after arriving from Newcastle United last June.

His transfer from England to Spain was originally delayed for three weeks because a problem in his left knee was detected in the medical.

He eventually completed the move, but subsequently suffered a series of problems in his right knee which required surgery in February.

Kluivert was told to look for another club after being left out of the squad for Valencia's pre-season training camp in the Netherlands.

Their signing of Fernando Morientes and the fine form of David Villa, who was the top Spanish striker in the Primera Liga last season, left the Dutchman surplus to requirements.

Kluivert started his career at Ajax Amsterdam in 1994 and made his mark as an 18-year-old when he scored the winning goal in the 1995 Champions League final against AC Milan.

He has not won an international cap since Marco van Basten was named coach of the Dutch team in July 2004.

Defender Jan Kromkamp also completed a move to PSV after signing a five-year deal from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.