Koeman wants Bergy back at Ajax
By Gijs Lubbers. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Ajax coach Ronald Koeman wants to bring Arsenal's veteran attacker Dennis Bergkamp back to Amsterdam.
Bergkamp started his illustrious career with the Dutch giants and his former Holland international team-mate is keen to renew acquaintances.
The 34-year-old's present Gunners deal expires at the end of the season and discussions regarding an extension have yet to bear fruit.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already warned Bergkamp that he may have to settle for a more peripheral role if he wishes to extend his time at Highbury.
That has alerted Ajax chief Koeman who feels Bergkamp's experience would be a vital weapon in his team's armoury.
Bergkamp initially left Ajax for Internazionale in 1993 and Koeman is ready to offer the schemer a return to the club where he made his name.
"If Bergkamp wants to leave Arsenal, we should try to get him to Amsterdam," Koeman told Sportweek.
"He can be of great value for Ajax if he keeps playing the way he plays now.
"The balance of our team is very young. Some experience would be good for Ajax. And, of course, he's also just a very good player."
Koeman also acknowledged he is resigned to losing two of his key players in the summer, although he is unsure who will join Hatem Trabelsi in leaving the Amsterdam ArenA.
He added: "As well as Trabelsi, I think we'll lose Maxwell, Ibrahimovic or van der Vaart."