Dennis Bergkamp has begun his traineeship with Ajax 1. The internship is part of the shortened course coach professional football. ,,This is a sort of homecoming."
,,It feels good to be back”, says Bergkamp, who played for Ajax 1 from 1986 to 1993. ,,I have never really worked in the ArenA, but it still feels like coming home. I left Holland and Ajax fifteen years ago, and now I'm back.”
A first day on the job always takes some getting used to, also for former top-class players such as Bergkamp. ,,It is a bit strange”, he admits. ,,But it feels very good to be back on the pitch. That is why I signed up for the course coach professional football.”
Bergkamp will be with the first team for the entire season. During the first training session, he observed the proceedings, made some notes and chatted with Marco van Basten. The squad made a good impression on him. ,,Everyone looks fit. The training was very sharp.”
Marco van Basten offered Bergkamp the internship a few months ago. ,,I think he can make players better”, Van Basten said then. Bergkamp himself also hopes to contribute to a successful season. ,,At least I can try to explain how I see certain things. And if that makes players better, that would be great.”