Dennis Bergkamp is desperate to return to football coaching – and has suggested he would jump at the chance of returning to former club Arsenal.
The Gunners legend has been out of the game since leaving another of his old clubs Ajax in December 2017.
Since then he has been enjoying his free time without the day-to-day rigours of being out on the training field – but the bug for being involved in football is slowly coming back.
And the Dutchman had admitted that he’d love to become part of the set-up under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, although he’s open to joining another English side.
Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “My ambition is to be on the pitch again and working in a staff or with players being part of an organisation to get going again in the area where I’m at home and happy.
“I’ve got that role in mind for a next step, and if that would be at Arsenal or another club I’m not sure, but at the moment the family is a little bit split.
“The moment will come that I will go abroad, most probably England, and work in a role where I can express myself again.
“I’m a little bit fed up with sitting at home now and doing nothing.”
Bergkamp, 51, has often been linked with taking up a role in a coaching capacity at Arsenal, where he spent 11 trophy-laden years as a player.
He is still highly-revered among fans and behind the scenes, and a number of his former Arsenal teammates have returned to the club in non-playing roles.
Of the 2003-04 Invincibles side, ex-midfielder Edu is now operating as the club’s technical director, while former wingers Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg have enjoyed coaching roles in the academy and first team respectively.
Arsenal have a good track record of welcoming former players back into the club in roles after their playing careers but, as of last year, Bergkamp had yet to receive an offer from Arsenal.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, he said: “At the moment there hasn’t been any contact about that, but as soon as I make my decision, let’s see what happens.
“Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal – I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.”