In a development that could have a potential impact on the future of Steven Bergwijn, Ajax have confirmed that their director of football affairs Marc Overmars, who tried to sign the Tottenham winger during the January transfer window, has resigned.
Ajax were reportedly in talks with Tottenham over a deal for Bergwijn during January, with Ekrem Konur revealing that the club were set to come back with a second offer after seeing their opening bid being turned down by Spurs.
Dutch journalist Mike Verweij claimed during the final week of the transfer window that Overmarks was locked in negotiations with Daniel Levy over a deal to bring Netherlands international back to the Eredivisie (De Telegraaf’s football podcast via SoccerNews).
However, Bergwijn ended up staying put in North London as the two clubs failed to strike a deal.
After the window slammed shut, Overmars admitted to Dutch TV channel ESPN 1 (on 1/2/22 at 17:00) that Ajax tried to sign the Spurs winger but could not afford the fee that Antonio Conte’s men wanted for the player.
Ajax have now confirmed that Overmars has handed in his resignation after it became known that he allegedly sent a series of inappropriate messages to several female colleagues over an extended period of time.
The former Arsenal winger said regarding his decision: “I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behaviour. And how this has come across to others.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I was crossing the line with this, but that was made clear to me in recent days. I suddenly felt enormous pressure. I apologize.
“Certainly for someone in my position, this behaviour is unacceptable. I now see that too. But it is too late. I see no other option but to leave Ajax. This also has a major impact on my private situation. That is why I ask everyone to leave me and my family alone.”
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I doubt Overmars was the only person driving Ajax’s pursuit of Bergwijn. So, the 48-year-old’s resignation might not impact the Eredivisie giants’ pursuit of the Tottenham man.
In fact, even Erik Ten Hag admitted last week that he remains “very interested” in Bergwijn (Vivandaag). So, I would not be surprised to see Ajax rekindle their interest in the winger during the summer.
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