Tottenham Hotspur issue statement on De Boer approach rumours

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The North London club have moved to respond to reports claiming they have made an approach for Ajax manager Frank De Boer.

Tottenham Hotspur have issued a short statement dismissing recent reports indicating they had contacted Dutch giants Ajax regarding the availability of their current manager Frank De Boer.

The denials come a day after a Dutch national news provider published quotes attributed to the former Barcelona defender which indicated the 43-year-old had been talking to the club with a view to having further discussions about moving to White Hart Lane.

"I'm going to listen and talk. Then I'll make my feelings known,” he said in an interview with the broadcaster NOS.

De Boer has garnered a reputation as one of the most sought after managers in Europe, having won a record four consecutive Eredivisie titles with Ajax.

Until now the Dutchman has resisted the overtures of other clubs though, with the recent interview at NOS also indicating that Spurs previously approached the Oranje legend following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season.

But Tottenham have moved to pour cold water on any claims of a fresh move for the boss of the Amsterdam club.

A brief statement of the Spurs official website said: “Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments.”

The announcement is a welcome one for current Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, who has become frustrated in recent weeks at what he describes as others “touting” for his job with the club.

Sherwood is on an 18-month contract with the North London side which runs until the conclusion of next season.

However many had suggested that Tottenham would part ways with the former Blackburn captain this summer, after the club failed to finish in the top four this season.

But while his future at the club remains uncertain, this latest announcement suggests the club are willing to back Sherwood for the foreseeable future.

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