De Boer: "Spurs not a club who can take me on"

Rumours had linked the Ajax manager to the vacancy at White Hart Lane

Frank de Boer today appeared to rule himself out of taking the Tottenham hot seat, claiming to have unfinished business at Ajax.

Having signed a four year deal this summer, and after winning three Eredivisie titles in his three years at the helm, Ajax legend De Boer clearly sees himself as creating a dynasty at the club.

But the former Barcelona defender's admission will be seen as a blow to Daniel Levy's plans to find a young, quality manager that employs attractive football in a successful side. The move to fire Andre Villas-Boas may end up as a poor one if Tottenham fail to bring in a suitable replacement within the next couple of weeks.

“I am very satisfied with Ajax and I am not ready to leave yet,” the Evening Standard reported the 43-year-old Dutchman as saying. “Spurs are not a club who can currently take me on. I have no doubt they are a great club, that’s for sure.

“[The interest] means I’m good at my job. For the rest I cannot do too much about. I’m very happy here and just getting started with Ajax.”

De Boer was the exact type of individual Levy was looking at bringing in, and unless this is just posturing ahead of an official approach, it looks likely Tim Sherwood will remain in charge for the foreseeable future, despite overseeing Spurs' exit from the League Cup on Wednesday. That will start with Sunday's trip to Southampton.

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