Marc Overmars has ended speculation linking him with a return to Arsenal by extending his contract as Ajax’s director of football.
Overmars was a potential option to fill the technical director role at Arsenal, who were unable to secure the services of Spanish recruitment guru Monchi.
The Dutchman spent three years of his playing career at Arsenal but there were doubts within the club over his experience and whether his personality would fit at an executive level.
Overmars said “there are still plenty of challenges” for him at Ajax, who face Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after their stunning victory over Real Madrid.
The news of the contract extension came as Monchi revealed his reasons for turning down Arsenal, and a reunion with Unai Emery, in favour of a return to Sevilla.