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Marc Overmars
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Initially struggled at Arsenal. But soon found his feet, ending his debut campaign with 12 goals and becoming a key player in the Arsenal side which won the double in 1998. Eventually left for Barcelona in a £25m deal, making him the most expensive player in Dutch football history


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Arsenal FC

2019 01 Retrieve

[He became director of football at Ajax in 2012 and was recently linked with a return to the Gunners before signing a new contract with the Dutch side] There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I’m having a good time here. We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team and we still want to show a lot

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Ajax director Marc Overmars has refused to reveal whether the Dutch club are looking to bring Tottenham duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld back to Amsterdam] We have to be patient and see what the future holds

2019 04 29 Retrieve

[director of football Marc Overmars explains Ajax ‘paid way too much’ to United because they were so keen to sign Daley Blind] [Blind’s signing] was important for Matthijs, because I knew that Matthijs liked to play with Daley at the Dutch team.

2019 06 20 Retrieve

[Director of football Marc Overmars also expressed his delight at securing Ten Hag’s services for the foreseeable future] We look forward to the coming years with great confidence. I think it is good for Ajax that the manager will be here in the years to come after such a successful season. We want to continue building. That will not be easy, because a few defining players will of course leave, but we hope to catch it well. Erik has to turn it into a team again. He has been entrusted with that

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Arsenal ignoring Ajax chief Marc Overmars’s transfer advice. He talks of Hakim Ziyech, who contributed 21 goals and 24 assists to the Ajax cause last season] I am a bit surprised that it is still so quiet around Hakim. I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that. They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him. I think Hakim Ziyech is better than Mesut Ozil. I would tell Arsenal: sell him and you will get Hakim for half the price. But they didn’t listen to me. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.

[Matthijs de Ligt appears to be edging towards the exits] The end is in sight. It is still about bank guarantees, Ajax is always very strict about that. I hope it goes quickly now, but they will work it out. They are Italians

2019 07 15b Retrieve

[Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars says Matthijs de Ligt’s transfer to Juventus is nearing its conclusion] The end of the transfer of De Ligt is near. We’re awaiting bank guarantees because we are very strict with this at Ajax. Hopefully, things will progress, but I think there will be no further obstructions. They are Italians

[Mexico international Edson Alvarez could act as De Ligt’s replacement] This transfer is not depending on the development of De Ligt’s transfer. Edson Alvarez is a player we think is good, so he might come to us. He is a good age, 21, and plays on a regular basis in the national team of Mexico and we know him very well because we scouted him over a longer period. He has progressed very well, and he can play in many positions

2019 07 15c Retrieve

[Mexico international Edson Alvarez is still on Ajax’s wishlist as the club prepares to replace Matthijs de Ligt] That is not directly related to the departure of Matthijs de Ligt. Alvarez is a player who has a good reputation in our books. His arrival could indeed happen. I think he has the right age - 21 years old, he’s a regular starter for the Mexico national team and we know him very well because we’ve been following him for quite some time now. He’s had good development, and he’s versatile

2019 07 19 Retrieve

[Ajax have announced an agreement with Club America for Mexico international Edson Alvarez, who is expected to sign a five-year contract] I think he has the right age - 21 years old, he’s a regular starter for the Mexico national team and we know him very well because we’ve been following him for quite some time now. He’s had good development, and he’s versatile

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Marc Overmars has expressed his hope that the club will enjoy a positive resolution to the transfer saga that has enveloped their star midfielder Donny van de Beek] It won’t be long before there’s clarity. I’ve got high hopes that there will be a positive ending. I want to have clarity before a certain date. It’s irrelevant what date that is, we know what it is… We’ve got that date and I think we have our house in order

[Standard Liege’s Romania midfielder Razvan Marin and young Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez are among the new faces that will be lining up for Ajax this season; but Overmars is not expecting others to join] The team’s there and we are not in the market for other players. Yes, I expect Donny van de Beek to stay

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Marc Overmars voiced his confidence that Donny van de Beek could decide to spend a little longer with the Eredivisie champions] I don’t think it will take long for things to be clear

[When asked if he thought Van de Beek would stay, he replied] I’ll go for yes. I said a few weeks ago that, by a certain date, I want clarity. That date is set

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Edson Alvarez scores first Ajax goal in Champions League playoff] I think he has the right age - 21 years old, he’s a regular starter for the Mexico national team and we know him very well because we’ve been following him for quite some time now. He’s had good development, and he’s versatile

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Marc Overmars says Erik ten Hag will not be allowed to leave Ajax next year regardless of what club comes calling] Ten Hag can easily last another season after next summer. I certainly won’t let him go yet, although I know that he is on lists at major European clubs. That door will remain closed for the time being

[Overmars is hopeful Hakim Ziyech will stay put in Amsterdam and become a club legend] With Hakim, I regularly think he has reached his ceiling but every season he takes another step. I sometimes tell him he can become Mr. Ajax, so why leave? But if we’re being honest, he is 27 years old and at his peak. If he can make the step he has in mind then of course it would be allowed of us

[Donny van de Beek is another player who has caught the eye] Next summer I expect a lot more interest in our players. It becomes harder to keep our squad intact. Ajax players are loved everywhere. Think of Van de Beek and Ziyech. They have been here a long time and have brought Ajax so much beauty

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Lassina Traore - From ‘too fat’ to Ajax’s long-awaited Kluivert successor] With the inside of his foot he can shoot very accurately and powerfully. I am not saying that he can do everything else perfectly, but he does pick things up quickly. He is a happy boy and that is also important. On the way to the top, 50 per cent is determined by quality and the other half is a mental issue.

2020 02 23 Retrieve

[Ajax snap up €22m Brazil starlet Antony to replace Chelsea-bound Hakim Ziyech on the wing] We will have to be patient for a few more months before Antony can start here, but with him we are getting a creative player who can play in every position up front. It has already been well established that some of our players will be leaving this summer and we needed to plan for that, so it’s great that we’ve been able to finalise this transfer

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Ajax director Overmars slams Dutch FA over coronavirus plan] The league is dead, life is more important. Why would it be about money and not people’s well-being at this time? I had hoped that the KNVB would take an independent decision, but they are now hiding behind UEFA

I have a lot of difficulty understanding that. We in the Netherlands are not as dependent on television rights incomes as the leagues in Spain, England, Italy and Germany are. I think that they had been put under big pressure by UEFA to continue playing at whatever cost

I’m comparing the KNVB and UEFA with the sentiments of American President Donald Trump a week ago when he thought the economy was more important than the coronavirus

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Ajax director Overmars rules out signing Tottenham’s Vertonghen] I did speak to his [Vertonghen’s] agent, but we made other choices. Jan is no longer a left-back either. We have confidence in Sven Botman and Lisandro Martínez can also play there