Ajax head coach Frank de Boer could be set to depart the Amsterdam Arena this summer as speculation on the 43-year-old's future intensifies with strong links to the Tottenham Hotspur job.
The former Netherlands star reportedly told the BBC that he is “very happy here at Ajax” but did concede that he would like to manage in the English Premier League one day, citing Tottenham and Liverpool as potential destinations.
With Liverpool going strong under the management of Brendan Rodgers, that job seems unlikely for the foreseeable future. However, with Tottenham still looking for a long-term successor to Tim Sherwood, a switch to North London could be a genuine possibility.
Earlier this week, we reported how de Boer could be on the brink of creating history by becoming the first coach to lead Ajax to four consecutive Eredivisie titles and after results this week that now looks an even stronger possibility, as Vitesse lost even more ground on the leaders. Should the Dutch legend complete the quadruple of league titles, then you have to wonder what else he has to achieve at the Amsterdam Arena.
Domestically, Ajax are still dominating but the truth is that the current squad simply doesn't have the talent to compete for continental glory so you could hardly blame de Boer should he seek a new challenge.
The former Barcelona player also stated that he'd previously turned down both the Liverpool and Tottenham jobs, and revealed that he was offered the Spurs role following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. With a place in history just a few months away, it's not that surprising that de Boer opted to remain at his current club.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are openly very complimentary of the 43-year-old and will see his experience of Champions League football as a significant factor, as the North London club are desperate to return to Europe's elite competition.
Although Sherwood has been given a contract until the summer of 2015, Daniel Levy would have no problems replacing the current manager.
Amidst speculation that Ajax assistant manager Dennis Bergkamp could be set to take over the vacant Swansea role this summer may be the perfect time for de Boer to move on. Assuming the Amsterdam giants do make it league title 33, the ex-player will leave Amsterdam on good terms and will depart with the club's blessing.
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