Overmars extends Ajax contract amid Arsenal links

Arsenal's hunt for a technical director is set to continue after Marc Overmars followed Monchi in exiting the frame.

Marc Overmars appeared to be a strong alternative for Arsenal technical director, having overseen the emergence of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and more since being appointed director of football at Ajax in 2012.   -  Getty Images

Marc Overmars has ended speculation linking him with a return to Arsenal by extending his contract at Ajax through to June 2024.

The Gunners are searching for a technical director and reportedly turned attention to their former winger after missing out on Monchi, who opted to reunite with Sevilla following a spell at Roma.

Overmars appeared to be a strong alternative, having overseen the emergence of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and more since being appointed director of football at Ajax in 2012.

The 45-year-old spent three seasons with the Gunners during his playing career and represented Netherlands at two World Cups.

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"There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I'm having a good time here," said Overmars.

"We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team. From a sporting point of view, we still want to show a lot.

"What is also important to me is that it is nice to work with the people around me. I get pleasure and satisfaction from that."

Arsenal parted ways with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat in February.

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