Arsenal legend Marc Overmars rules out replacing under-fire transfer chief Edu as he compares Ajax job to ‘old shoes’

MARC OVERMARS has ruled out a return to Arsenal to replace technical director Edu after declaring he remains committed to Ajax.

The 48-year-old achieved legendary status with the Gunners after helping them win the Premier League in 1998 after scoring 12 top-flight goals in 32 games.

 

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Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has ruled out returning to ArsenalCredit: Getty

Overmars has been linked with a move back to North London to replace technical director Edu

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Overmars has been linked with a move back to North London to replace technical director EduCredit: Getty – Contributor

And he even fired in the opener in the FA Cup final that same year against Newcastle to complete a historic double for the North London side.

The former winger has remained a popular figure amongst the club’s supporters, with fans keen for the Dutchman to return to Arsenal.

Last month it was reported how Overmars was on the club’s shortlist to replace under-fire chief Edu following the club’s dismal start to the season.

And it was claimed earlier in the year how the ex-Barcelona would be open to a move back to Arsenal.

But Overmars, who has been the director of football at Ajax since 2012, has poured cold water on the speculation as he insisted he is happy to remain with the Eredivisie champions.

He told Ajax TV: “As I’ve said before a number of times we’re really enjoying ourselves.

“We’re moving in the right direction. The four of us form good management and that’s important.

“We’re like a family, we’re close. And that’s important too. And who knows, we might have some good news soon.

“I’m not getting any younger. I’ve been offered the opportunity to go elsewhere too.

That’s what happens and it’s always good to consider a move. But then I just think about how well things are going here.

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If your old shoes are still comfy, keep wearing them.”

Overmars’ former team-mate Ray Parlour stated that following Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Arsenal, the ex-winger reached out to him to discuss the club’s sad state of affairs.

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Parlour told talkSPORT: “Obviously he [Edu] worked in Brazil, even Marc Overmars – I’ve had a text off him before saying ‘Oh Ray, I need to go back to that club and sort it out.’

“Edu, they’ve gone with Edu. It’s a very important role you have got to play. Recruitment is so important, it’s very, very important for any club.

“I don’t know what the relationship is like with Mikel Arteta, I have not been around the guys.”

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