Wenger: No Overmars return…at the moment

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Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions that Marc Overmars is on the cusp of re-joining Arsenal as a Director of Football.

A report in Italy claimed this week that Dutchman, who played for the Gunners between 1997-99, is on the verge of quitting his role at Ajax ahead of a move to London.

While the boss didn’t deny contact with his former player, he was coy on further details.

“No [it’s not true he’s coming back], at the moment he’s a director at Ajax. We have always been in touch, yes, but at the moment no.

“Not at the moment, no.”

In February, Overmars hinted that he’d potentially be interested in joining Arsenal at some point in the future.

“If the board think about the future and make a list of people to work at the club, it wouldn’t surprise me if I am on the list of people,” he said.

“However, at this moment, I want to stay at Ajax.”

He followed that up in April with further comments. “I think there is a list with some names and I might be on it,” he teased. “But it’s not that exciting yet.”

Wenger has repeatedly made clear that he’s not interested in working with a Director of Football, however, as he comes to the end of his time at Arsenal it’s possible the board may push for a transition period.

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