Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has opened the door to a future Arsenal coaching role after saying being on the training pitch is what he loves most.
The former striker played more than 300 games and scored 120 goals in 11 years for the Gunners and has been linked to Mikel Arteta’s set up this year.
The Dutchman spent six years in a coaching role at Ajax but has not been in a full-time role akin to that since December 2017.
Despite saying he is not actively looking for a job, he has not ruled it out in the long-term either.
In a column for BBC sport, he wrote: “I’ve not worked full-time since leaving Ajax in 2017 and I am not actively looking for a job in football at the moment.
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“But, more and more, I am thinking about getting back on the training pitch again, because that is what I love the most.”
Bergkamp outlined what type of role he has in mind if he were to return to coaching.
“Whatever I do next, though, I don’t want to be a head coach,” he wrote.
“It’s not my ambition and I like my freedom too much.
“I like to spend time with my family and have a life outside football, and I don’t think you can be a fully committed manager if you want to play golf sometimes as well.
“Seriously, though, I know certain clubs work with strikers’ coaches, just like the old goalkeeper specialists who came in two or three times a week and as soon as the session was finished they were gone.
“But, for me, it would be too restrictive to be limited to that side of it. If someone is not doing well, I’d want to talk about the rest of his game – whether it be something tactical or a personal issue.
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