‘STOP calling Marc’: Ajax send warning shot to admiring clubs of football director Overmars as ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star pens new contract extension to keep him with the Dutch giants until 2026
- Marc Overmars has signed a contract extension to remain with Dutch side Ajax
- The 48-year-old has impressed as director of football with the club since 2012
- He has been linked with similar positions at Arsenal, Newcastle and Barcelona
- However, on Wednesday it was announced that Overmars has signed a new deal
- Ajax mocked Overmars’ admiring clubs by tweeting: ‘Stop calling Marc’
Ajax have issued a ‘hands off’ warning to their European rivals after director of football Marc Overmars put pen to paper on a contract extension to remain with the Dutch giants.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Overmars, 48, has flourished in his role with the Eredivisie side since 2012, helping develop and sell on the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech during his tenure.
As a result, reports have linked Overmars with similar positions with the Gunners and Barca, as well as Newcastle – with the Magpies desperate for a football director following their £305million takeover.
Marc Overmars has put pen to paper on a contract extension to remain with Dutch side Ajax
Overmars developed the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek in his role as director of football with the Dutch giants
However, Overmars has dealt a blow to those admiring clubs by signing a contract extension that will see him stay at Ajax until 2026, with his current deal previously set to expire in 2024.
Ajax took aim at their rival clubs, tweeting: ‘Stop calling Marc’ upon the announcement of his contract extension.
Overmars insisted he is ‘still very excited’ about working at Ajax and feels ‘that my work is not done yet’.
‘I still feel very excited by my work and get a lot of satisfaction out of it,’ he told the club’s official website.
He has impressed at Ajax and has been linked with a host of positions across European football
Ajax mocked those admiring clubs by tweeting: ‘Stop calling Marc’ after he extended his deal
‘The cooperation with my fellow board members is very good, as well as with the people at the Toekomst (the Ajax sports complex) with whom I work together in the fields of scouting, youth, transfers, and the like.
‘I have a feeling that my work at Ajax is not done yet, so I would like to continue here.’
Overmars’ new deal is a bitter pill to swallow for the Magpies in particular, having seen Chelsea’s former director of football, Michael Emenalo, snub them. The club’s co-owner, Mehrdad Ghodoussi, has denied that Emenalo was offered the position.
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