Arsenal’s legend Dennis Bergkamp has revealed that whenever he held talks with the North Londoners over a new contract, they would deduct money because he did not fly.
Bergkamp revealed this in his autobiography Stillness and Speed, where he also exposed a lot of other things.
The former Gunner revealed: “In talks with Arsenal, if I said “a million” they automatically deducted a hundred grand “because you don’t fly”. And I accepted that.”
A lot of people think that this not-flying problem of Bergkamp will never let him become an Arsenal manager. A non-flying manager is not the top choice for a team like Arsenal who play a lot of international football in the Champions League and during the summer.
Bergkamp revealed the reason for not flying as well: “It made me feel so awful and I began to develop such an aversion to it that it suddenly dawned on me: “I don’t want to do this any more.
“It got so bad I would look up at the sky during away games to see what the weather was like. Were there any clouds coming? Sometimes I was preoccupied by the flight home while I was playing football. It was hell.
“I’ve flown countless times in large planes, small ones, tiny ones. At Ajax, I once flew in a minuscule plane over Mount Etna near Naples when we got into a terrible air pocket – in terms of flying, I’ve seen and done it all and I’m simply not flying again. Ever.”
Bergkamp told Arsenal on arriving at the club that he would not fly.