Ajax manager Frank de Boer's twin, Ronald, has proclaimed that this summer could be the right time for his brother to quit the Amsterdam giants in search of a fresh challenge.
The comments, which come just a week after Frank fuelled speculation of his potential departure following a damning evaluation of Dutch football after Ajax's Europa League exit, will undoubtedly spark more rumours regarding de Boer's location next season with a move to the English Premier League being touted as a possible destination.
Ronald, who played alongside Frank throughout most of their careers and is now part of the coaching staff at Ajax, also confirmed that his brother had turned down the Tottenham Hotspur job towards at the start of this year. The job was eventually handed to caretaker boss Tim Sherwood on a permanent basis, although Spurs still may opt to replace the former player this summer.
De Boer reportedly told TalkSport: “Tottenham wanted to take him in January, but Frank said no.
"He also said no to Liverpool last year. He thought he was still not ready and wanted to learn more.
"Now he's ready, though. It's important for Frank to get the right club otherwise he won't leave Ajax. He's very happy there."
Whilst Ronald did stress the fact that Frank is more than content in Amsterdam, it does appear that the 43-year-old Ajax boss is ready to bring an end to a highly successful stint with the club.
Since being appointed as head coach in 2010, de Boer has led Ajax to three Eredivisie titles and looks almost certain to make it four this term. There is little else for the manager to achieve in Dutch football and nobody could blame him for seeking pastures new.
Whilst de Boer allegedly rejected both Spurs and Liverpool, the Ajax boss did openly tell BBC sources that he'd love to manage in the Premier League one day—citing both those clubs as potential suitors.
In the wake of his brother's comments, perhaps he won't have to wait too much longer to make that dream come true.
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