Arsenal legend Bergkamp to make Ajax return

Dennis Bergkamp could be going back to his roots to start his coaching career.

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The Arsenal legend began his playing days at Ajax, joining the club at the age of 12 and going on to score 122 goals in 239 first-team games before leaving for Inter Milan in 1993.

Now Bergkamp could be heading back to his hometown club after being offered a trainee coaching position by 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 to the official club website.

"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."

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