Ajax assistant coach and former Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp says he hopes to work for the Emirates Stadium side again.
Ajax coach Dennis Bergkamp says he wants to return to the club that made him a legend – Arsenal.
The former Gunners forward made 423 appearances for the north London club, scoring 120 goals, and winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
His partnership with Thierry Henry was one of the best and most exciting ever to be seen in the English top flight, and the Dutchman will be awarded with a statue outside Emirates Stadium to commemorate his time with the club.
Bergkamp has begun his coaching career with Ajax’s youth sides, before graduating to assistant coach to the Eredivisie club manager Frank De Boer.
Whilst he appreciates the development of his skills at his youth team, London is calling, and Bergkamp says he hopes to coach – not manage – the Gunners soon.
“The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal,” Bergkamp told the Daily Telegraph.
“At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage
“I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.
“I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers.
“I’ve spoken to or have heard about others [former Arsenal colleagues] who would also love to come back.
Steve Bould is there now which is excellent. I’ve spoken to Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day. Tony [Adams] is a big option as well.”