Frank de Boer happy to stay at Ajax amidst Tottenham interest

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Ajax manager Frank de Boer insists he's happy to stay with the Amsterdam-based club amidst reported interest from Tottenham.

The north London club relieved Tim Sherwood of his duties earlier this week and are now out on the look out for a new manager.

De Boer has previously confirmed that Tottenham have approached Ajax over his availability - which prompted Spurs to release a statement to the contrary.

Since then Southampton boss Maurico Pochettino has emerged as the favourite for the vacancy at White Hart Lane, and now the former Barcelona defender says he would be happy to stay put next season and target a fifth-straight Eredivisie title, as well as European success.

“It seems obvious why I would want to stay at Ajax,” said De Boer. “If we can keep our team together, we can aim higher next season.

“Then, depending on the draw, you can demand from yourself to reach the [knockout] round of the Champions League - I think that’s a great aim to have.

“Look at Feyenoord, which keeps their whole team last year together. If we can keep our team together as Feyenoord, we can lay down higher goals.”

Tottenham finished this season in 6th place in the Premier League, well short of their objective of qualifying for the Champions League.

Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham boss in December but despite ending with a 59% win percentage - the best in the club's Premier League history - a string of heavy defeats against big clubs and some outlandish statements to the media eventually cost him his job.

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