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Former Arsenal and Barcelona winger Marc Overmars stopped playing professional football four years ago, but plans a comeback with Go Ahead Eagles...

According to De Stentor, Marc Overmars plans a comeback to professional football. The former Oranje international impressed during the Jaap Stam goodbye match against Ajax. His opponent George Ogararu was having a difficult evening against the retired winger.

Go Ahead Eagles manager Andries Ulderink asked Overmars to reconsider his retirement and the veteran winger decided to give it another try. “The Jaap Stam match was a surprise for me too; the speed is still there and everything went really easy.

“I’m retired for four years now and I train only once a week. But you can achieve a lot when you really want it. That’s what I want to add to the team together with my experience.”

35-year-old Overmars has worked as technical director for the Deventer side during the last three years and will probably combine his old job with his new one.

He revealed: “The main reason for my comeback is that I want to help the club, but it’s nice to play again too.”

The diminutive winger started his career in 1990 with Go Ahead Eagles and played for illustrious teams such as Ajax, Arsenal and Barcelona. He also made 86 international appearances.

His 40 million euros move from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2000 made Overmars the most expensive Dutch footballer ever.

Stefan Coerts

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