Dennis Bergkamp will return to Ajax. The former pro has been asked by Marco van Basten to do a traineeship with the club. ,,I think that Dennis can make players better”, Van Basten said.
When next head coach Marco van Basten heard that Bergkamp had registered for the shortened course coach professsional football, he offered him a trainee post.
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. 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 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.”
Bergkamp is a product of the Ajax youth academy. The now 38-year old former player entered the academy at age 12 and made his debut in Ajax 1 on 14 December 1986. In his time at Ajax he won the European Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Cup, two Dutch FA Cups and one national title. He scored 103 goals in 185 league matches for Ajax.
Bergkamp went from Ajax to Inter in the summer of 1993. He joined Arsenal two seasons later and ended his career there with a testimonial against Ajax in 2006.