Ajax boss Frank de Boer outlines Premier League ambitions

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Frank de Boer has stated that he would be open to managing Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur one day, in an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo.

The Dutch legend, who spent 11 years at Ajax as a player between 1988 and 1999 before becoming their manager in 2010, has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years thanks to success in Eredivisie.

Having been linked with Liverpool, before Brendan Rodgers was appointed in 2012 and Tottenham last summer, De Boer stated that if the north London club's chairman, Daniel Levy, had chosen him ahead of Mauricio Pochettino he would have taken the job.

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"Together with Mauricio Pochettino I was the biggest candidate, and if they had chosen me, I would've done it," de Boer stated.

"I believe you have to take risks, and have the conviction that you'll succeed."

Dutch legend will "consider" offers

Despite neither club deciding to appoint de Boer, the man who earned 112 caps for the Netherlands over 14 years, did not rule out a move to either club in the future.

"If I get an offer from a club in the future, I will consider the possibility and then follow my feeling."

"I look at whether it's a club where I think I can present myself well and where I'll be able to act in the way I like."

"Before, there was potential interest from Monaco as well, but it wasn't something I was looking for at that moment. Liverpool and Spurs are clubs I could manage."

De Boer may have to be patient

Despite having links to Tottenham, perhaps having managed Christian Eriksen at youth and senior level at Ajax, the 44-year old may have to wait a long time before he gets another chance to apply for either job.

Both the north London and Merseyside clubs are enjoying successful spells with Pochettino and Rodgers in charge respectively.

Pochettino has just taken his Spurs side to a Wembley final, albeit one they lost to Chelsea and are currently only six points behind a coveted top-four spot with a game in-hand.

Liverpool are doing even better under Rodgers, who had to rebuild his squad after the sale Luis Suarez. Despite starting slowly, the club are just two points off Manchester United in 4th and are currently 11 games unbeaten.

De Boer will still expect to follow Ronald Koeman to the Premier League at some stage of his coaching career, but its all taking a little bit longer than once expected.

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