Bergkamp signs new deal
Monday 21 July 2003
Dennis Bergkamp has finally decided his immediate future, and will stay with Arsenal after agreeing a new one-year contract at Highbury.
The Dutch striker's previous contract expired at the end of last season and he had been linked with a move away from Arsenal, with the Bolton manager, Sam Allardyce, recently admitting he failed in a bid to lure Bergkamp to the Reebok Stadium.
But Arsenal confirmed in a statement that Bergkamp has signed a new one-year deal with the North London club, and with Arsène Wenger's transfer activities restricted by a lack of funds, the Dutchman's commitment will be welcome.
The 34-year-old former Ajax and Internazionale player was relieved to have finally ended doubts over his future. Bergkamp said: "I'm so pleased to have signed a new contract. As I have always said, Arsenal is a fantastic club and it has always been my intention to end my career here.
"I'm delighted to be part of a great squad of players, which gives us a realistic chance of winning trophies again this year."
He was also keen to praise Arsenal's handling of negotiations, adding: "I regret that confidential negotiations with the club have received adverse coverage and much has been exaggerated. The club has treated me in a fair and respectful manner throughout the negotiations."
Wenger added: "I have always said it is important to retain the players we already have here so it's great news that Dennis has committed himself to the club for another year. Dennis is a special talent with vast experience and that will certainly help us in our pursuit of honours."
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