Arsenal have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Dennis Bergkamp’s son after the midfielder spent time on trial with the club.
Mitchel BergkampMitchel Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp’s son, was reportedly on trial with Arsenal after being released by Almere, whom his dad coached for free.
A month on, it is now reported that the club have opted not to sign the younger Bergkamp.
Dennis Bergkamp left Ajax at the start of 2018 and it seems like there is a still a legal case ongoing between the parties. The Arsenal legend then joined the technical staff at Almere City FC.
Arsenal have handed a trial to 22-year-old midfielder Mitchel Bergkamp, son of club legend Dennis, Goal can confirm 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SSmEeRJMLk
— Goal (@goal) October 22, 2020
Founded in 2001, by which point Bergkamp had already been an Arsenal player for six years and had won an Eredivisie, two KNVB Cups, a European Cup Winner’s Cup, two UEFA Cups, one Premier League, and one FA Cup in his career, Almere currently play in the Eerste Divisie in front of a 3,200 capacity crowd (when crowds are allowed).
Although they can trace their history back to 1972, this current iteration came into being in 2001 when the sports club Omniworld was formed and until 2010/11 the football team were known as FC Omniworld.
Bergkamp’s 22-year-old son Mitchel was on the books of the club at the time but was released in July without making a single appearance for their first team.
Mitchel Bergkamp plays as an attacking midfielder and scored two goals in 10 games in the Derde Divisie Saturday last season.
Speaking to reporters in March, 2019, Dennis Bergkamp tried to explain why he didn’t want to talk to reporters.
“I am a volunteer, [at Almere],” he said. “Should volunteers also do press? No right?
“I just don’t have much to say. Except that I really like it. I like to help.
“I didn’t feel the need [to work] for a moment after what had happened [at Ajax]. I wasn’t really looking either. This came my way, it felt good, that’s how it works.”
He also added, somewhat surprisingly when talking about Ajax, “I don’t watch that much football by the way.”
Back in August it was rumoured that Mikel Arteta wanted Dennis Bergkamp as part of his coaching team but nothing seems to have developed in that story.
In an interview with FourFourTwo in July Bergkamp was pretty clear, however, that he’d like to come back to Arsenal one day.
“When the time is right, I’d love to go back and get a role somewhere,” Bergkamp said.
“At the moment we’re great in Holland. I’ve got a young family and have been out of coaching for a little while now. But I must admit, I have the urge to go on the pitch again and help, whether it’s with the technical or coaching staff.
“It might be a bit too early, but you never know. We’ll see what comes my way.”