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De Boer confirms Spurs approach

Frank De Boer has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur have made an approach to Ajax with a view to him taking over in north London next season.

Frank de Boer has guided Ajax to a fourth consecutive Eredivisie title.
Frank De Boer has won four straight Eredivisie titles with Ajax.

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De Boer revealed in an interview with national broadcaster NOS on Tuesday that Marc Overmars -- football director of the Amsterdam club -- had told him of Tottenham's enquiry.

The Dutchman secured his and Ajax's fourth straight Eredivise title on Sunday, becoming the first coach in the country to do so. As such, his stock is considerably high within the continent.

De Boer told  NOS he was fully focused on the end of Ajax's season, which concludes on Saturday against NEC Nijmegen, then he might be persuaded to jump ship. "I'm going to listen and talk," he said.

"Then I'll make my feelings known. I want to add something to a club, so that people can say that they see the hand of Frank de Boer. Liverpool are a good example of this with Brendan Rodgers."

De Boer revealed in February he had turned down the chance to replace Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, after the Portuguese was sacked in December.

But he did say he would be interested in taking over at Liverpool or Spurs at some point in the future.

Spurs are currently managed by Tim Sherwood, who stepped into the breach when Villas-Boas departed, but media reports have consistently suggested he will be replaced at the season's end.

And after Sherwood led his side to a 1-0 win at Stoke on Saturday, he registered his displeasure with those who are "touting" for his position.

"At every press conference at our training centre, it was 'you're keeping the seat warm for someone else'. Yeah, I am but the seat's getting quite hot," Sherwood said.

"Every press conference I do it's 'this manager's coming in … [Louis] Van Gaal … then [Glenn] Hoddle, this one and that one.' Some of these managers are actually touting themselves for my job. I don't think that's right. It's something that doesn't sit well with me.

"If anyone ever asks me about another job I just tell them that they've got another manager. Until they haven't got a manager and until I haven't got a job, say nothing."


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