Dennis Bergkamp could be going back to Ajax to start his coaching career.
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp retired from football in 2006, after Arsenal’s 2006 Champions League final game against FC Barcelona.
Always a private person during his career, he continued that trend since hanging up his football boots and little has been heard of the striker.
Marco van Basten, his former team-mate with Holland, will be joining Ajax in the summer as head coach and has asked Bergkamp to join him in a trainee coaching role.
Arsenal.com spoke with Marco van Basten:
I called Dennis a few weeks ago, because I wanted to know how he was doing and if he would want to do something for Ajax, in whatever capacity,” explained Van Basten.
It is important to work with as much quality as possible with Ajax and it is obvious that Dennis has qualities. In our conversation, Dennis said that he would come to Holland to take the [professional football] coaching course.
Part of that course is that the participants enter a traineeship. I offered him a trainee post and he was very interested. I hope and expect that this will be good for Ajax and for Dennis.
I think he can make players better. His presence will have an impact on the team. For Ajax as a whole it is also good that someone of Dennis’ stature is involved with the club. At Ajax, Dennis can discover how he likes it to be on the pitch in a different role.