Former Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert was blackmailed by a criminal gang for years after racking up gambling debts of over 1m euros, according to reports in Holland.

The claims in De Volkstrant allege that the debts accumulated throughout 2011 and 2012 when the one-time Dutch star was on the coaching staff of FC Twente.

Patrick Kluivert left Newcastle United in 2005 after just one season on Tyneside, having previously impressed Newcastle fans when playing against the Magpies.

He is now PSG’s Director of Football after joining the French club in July 2016.

Former Barcelona star and current Paris Saint-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert was reportedly blackmailed by a criminal gang for years after building up a gambling debt of over €1 million.

Kluivert’s legal team have gone to great lengths to emphasise that the ongoing police investigation does not have their client as the focus, instead it purely revolves around the criminal gang, not Kluivert.

The former Dutch international said to be simply a victim and that when interviewed by police it was to assist them as a witness.

The debt is reported to have built up via betting on FC Twente games when Patrick Kluivert was employed by the club – at the time it was not illegal to do so.

His son Justin Kluivert is now making a name for himself, at the age of 17 he has already broken into the first team at Ajax and scored his first goal in Dutch league football.