Van Bronckhorst refuses offer to be Van Gaal's Netherlands assistant

The former Oranje international has rejected a proposal to be part of the national team staff, electing to stay with Feyenoord where he will take charge of the club's youth team
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has rejected an offer to be a part of Louis van Gaal's Netherlands set-up in an assistant coach capacity.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona left-back was capped 106 times by Oranje and since retiring has taken up a position as Ronald Koeman's right-hand man at Feyenoord.

And despite being pleased to have been considered for the position, the 37-year-old stated that his wish was to stay with the Rotterdam club.

"I was honoured with the request, but that role does not currently fit in with my work," Van Bronckhorst told

"It is true that I have the ambition to work as an assistant to the national team in the future."

Instead, Van Bronckhorst will remain at De Kuip, where he will join Andre Hoekstra in taking charge of the Jong Feyenoord/Excelsior youth team, as well as undertaking a professional coaching course.

"I think it is good to experience what it is like to lead your own team. This is another step in my development as a trainer," he told Feyenoord's official website.