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De Boer: Spurs did make an approach

Ajax boss Frank de Boer maintains that Tottenham Hotspur did make enquiries over his availability despite the Premier League club's denial.

Frank de Boer has enjoyed great success so far at Ajax.
Frank de Boer has enjoyed great success so far at Ajax.

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De Boer, who has led Ajax to four straight league titles, recently told Dutch broadcaster NOS that Spurs had been in contact and that he planned to hold talks, but the English side then issued a statement reading: "Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate."

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport's Extra Time supplement, though, former Barcelona star De Boer again stressed that Spurs had expressed an interest in his services.

"They talked informally with Ajax about my contract," De Boer said. "I think they are quite happy with their manager, but it is normal that they get information about a possible successor, as have Liverpool in the past. Liverpool had four candidates and asked me if I was interested. That time I said I wanted to stay at Ajax.

"I'm very happy here, but if a club came with an interesting perspective and a good team, I would consider the proposal. I want to understand what contribution I could give."

De Boer insisted earlier this week that he had heard nothing from Spurs since he initially claimed their interest and an earlier contender for the job, Louis van Gaal, was said to have angered chairman Daniel Levy by going public with the news he had met the club for talks. Current Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood has also expressed frustration at other managers "touting" for his job.

Asked whether he regretted speaking to Spurs, De Boer had earlier told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: "No, why should I? I was interviewed by NOS and gave an honest answer.

"There were already rumours for a long time. So I thought within a couple of seconds, I should speak with openness. It is very quiet here on my phone, and also for my agent. I am not busy with all that. My contract with Ajax runs until 2017, so until that time I will only think about Ajax or serious offers."

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