Arsenal Legend Dennis Bergkamp Says Young Players Are Too Motivated By Money

Former Dutch striker says Ajax player Christian Eriksen has it all

Former Arsenal star Dennis Bergkamp believes that today's young players have different career goals than when he graduated through the famous Ajax youth system.

Bergkamp is currently coaching the Ajax under-19 side and says that money has changed the young players’ ambitions.

“That’s changed, most definitely, they can get contracts at 17. There’s no carrot,” Bergkamp told reporters.

“You want to have goals in life, to win things, to be the best, to move country and be the best there. That’s my idea of football. Now I feel a lot of decisions are made on money which is strange, and sad.”

Dutch legend Bergkamp believes, however, that current Ajax prodigy and AC Milan and Liverpool target Christian Eriksen is an exception.

“What we are looking for in an Ajax player, he’s got it all. Pace, two feet, fantastic vision. Maybe he can improve his finishing.”

Bergkamp had a hugely successful playing career in England, scoring 120 goals for Arsenal in 423 appearances and providing countless assists for his team-mates in a Gunners career that spanned 11 seasons. And he says he could return as a coach one day.

“For the right manager, I can see myself as a coach, perhaps in England?

“It’s definitely the natural place after Holland.

“I enjoy it here, I just started [in coaching] and I’ve a young family. We are settled and want to be involved for a few years but I can see myself moving around and England would be a good first place.”


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