Arsenal stance on Marc Overmars return explained as Ajax chief eyes new challenge | Football | Sport


Arsenal aren’t currently considering adding Marc Overmars to their backroom staff, despite the former Gunners star eyeing a move away from Ajax, reports suggest. Overmars is currently the Ajax director of football.

Overmars is apparently looking for a move away from Ajax, but won’t be returning to north London.

The Gunners currently have Edu as their technical director, Vinai Venkatesham as their chief executive and will have a new head of operations before long.

Richard Garlick will join the club in the next few months after leaving the Premier League, and will complete their backroom set-up.

For that reason, they apparently aren’t currently looking at bringing Overmars in despite seeming set to leave Ajax, reports Football.London

The former midfielder has been successful in his boardroom role at the Dutch side, and has been credited with helping to form their golden generation.

The director of football has been in his role since 2012, and has enjoyed tremendous success.

Overmars helped to create the team that got to the Champions League semi-finals against all the odds in 2019, beating Real Madrid and Juventus on their route.

Despite his successes at Ajax, he is willing to look for a new challenge, and expressed before the turn of the year that he wanted to try a challenge at a new club.

Overmars said: “’When I was appointed in this job at Ajax I knew I only wanted to stay for three or four years ­maximum,” he said.

“I have been here eight seasons now! For me – but just as much for Edwin – it is sure that we are not going to carry on here until we are 60.

“This job at Ajax is costing too much energy. The whole of the ­Netherlands is constantly on my back and has an opinion about us.

“The job has brought a lot of great things too. Edwin and I are proud that we have brought Ajax back where it should be in Europe.”

Instead, it seems Overmars could return to another of his former sides – Barcelona – and try to turn things around at the Nou Camp.

Barca are in turmoil at the moment, and are expected to rebuild in the summer – especially if Lionel Messi leaves.

The Catalans are in financial ruin, and are apparently looking to bring in Overmars to try and help rebuild the team.

Overmars’ contract is apparently up at the end of the season, and it seems a return to Spain could be the most likely option for him.

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