Giovanni van Bronckhorst is taking a temporary sabbatical as a trainer, he tells

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The Rotterdammer handed in his contract with the Chinese Guangzhou R&F earlier in the day.

"I have no need to start anywhere in January. I want to take a moment," said Van Bronckhorst.

The former trainer of Rotterdammer stopped at Guangzhou because he wants to return to his family.

Due to the corona pandemic, he has not been in the Netherlands since March.

"I chose the coaching profession and that is wonderful. It was wonderful to train this club in China, to make players better and to help improve the organization and training facilities. The club has said that they are very happy with that. But before I want to do that again somewhere, it will have to be a new football season. "

The 45-year-old Van Bronckhorst settled in China at the beginning of this year.

He was already without a club in the six months before after he had worked at Feyenoord for more than four years.

He had a lot of success with the Rotterdammers, winning one national title (2017) and two KNVB cups (2016 and 2018).

Giovanni van Bronckhorst worked at Guangzhou R&F since January 2020.

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'Weren't happy with my decision'

According to Van Bronckhorst, he did not surprise the Guangzhou R&F club management with his request for dismissal.

He was already sitting around the table with the management of the club in November to indicate that he wanted to return to his family.

"They were not happy with my decision, said again that they are very sorry that I do not want to serve my contract, but they understand it," said Van Bronckhorst, who says his departure has nothing to do with the disappointing results. from Guangzhou R&F, with which he missed the play-offs for the championship and was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the cup on Wednesday.

Jean-Paul van Gastel, video analyst Yƶri Bosschaart and conditioning coach Arno Philips also leave the club.

Van Bronckhorst: "We loved life in China with the entire staff. We had a great time in all respects. We never complained. But it didn't feel like I had to make a choice now. This was not a choice. No one can live without his family. "