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Erik ten Hag says he will not leave Ajax this season amid Bayern Munich interest
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Ajax coach Erik ten Hag on Monday ruled himself out of the running to take over as Bayern Munich coach for the time being, saying he would be staying at the Dutch champions until at least the end of the current season.

“I have a lot of respect for Chelsea but I also trust my players,” added Ten Hag. “When they play as a team for 90 minutes we have a chance to win. We will go for it.” (Reporting by Rik Sharma Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Bayern sacked Niko Kovac on Sunday, sparking heated speculation as to who the Bundesliga giants could appoint in his place, with Ten Hag reportedly high on the list after Ajaxs scintillating run to the Champions League semi-finals last season and their impressive start to this campaign.

Ten Hag was Bayerns reserves coach from 2013-15 under Pep Guardiola, but told reporters on Monday he would not be tempted to return to Bavaria just yet.

Asked at Stamford Bridge whether he would be staying at Ajax ahead of his sides Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday, he said “I can confirm that.”

Contact has already been made in their efforts to bring the Dutchman to the Allianz Arena, however, Sky in Germany report that the 49-year-old will not be available until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

“I have a strong connection with my team, with everyone at Ajax, so I can confirm that I stay in Ajax this season,” said the 49-year-old.

Since his appointment in 2017, Ten Hag has won the Eredivisie, the Dutch Super Cup and KNVB Cup, and he guided Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

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However Ten Hag, who is under contract at Ajax until 2022, refused to entirely rule out an eventual move.

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“Bayern is a fantastic club, I felt really comfortable and really enjoyed to work there and they are still in my heart but now Im in Ajax,” he said.

“I can confirm I will stay at Ajax this season. Bayern is a fantastic club, it is still in my heart but I am at Ajax. I’m not a dreamer. I focus on Ajax and live for today, and tomorrow’s game, which is important.”

“Im not a dreamer, I focus on Ajax, and that is important. I live for today and my only focus is on Ajax.”

“I can confirm I feel a strong connection with my team and everyone at Ajax,” Ten Hag said in a press conference Monday before the Champions League clash against Chelsea.

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Ten Hags side arrive in London after losing to Frank Lampards Chelsea 1-0 in Amsterdam a fortnight ago, a defeat that allowed the Blues to draw level with Ajax on six points at the top of Group H.

After winning trophies and plaudits in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, the Special One would surely relish the opportunity to conquer Germany, too. Mourinho passed up the opportunity to give France a go when he told Lyon he had already chosen his next club, but Bayern would be tough to turn down.

I will stay this season – Ten Hag to remain with Ajax amid Bayern rumours

Tuesdays match could go a long way to deciding who qualifies, with Valencia lurking two points behind ahead of their match with bottom club Lille.

Ajax coach Ten Hag was linked with a return to Bayern at the end of last season and, discussing a potential switch as pressure built on Kovac, he refused to rule out the possibility of joining Germanys top club, having previously worked with the teams reserves under Pep Guardiola.

Ajax have bounced back with two wins that have consolidated their lead at the top of the Eredivisie but Chelsea have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, and Ten Hag thinks the London outfit are among the favourites for the competition.

While there has been talk of directorial roles, few coaching gigs could appeal more than Bayern. After years of fending off the top-spending clubs as Arsenal boss, Wenger would find himself the biggest fish in the Bundesliga sea were he to take the job.

“I think theyre one of the favourites. Its going to be difficult but every game is difficult. We know we have to play perfectly and give the best performance,” he said.

“Bayern is a fantastic club – I felt really comfortable and really enjoyed working there. They are still in my heart, but now I am with Ajax. Im not a dreamer – I focus on Ajax and thats important. I live for today, my only focus is on Ajax and tomorrows game with Chelsea.”

“Of course there are threats, but Im not a manager who is thinking about that. I have a lot of respect for Chelsea … but I also trust my players who are also very good, and if we play as a team for 90 minutes we will have a chance.”

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Ajax boss Erik ten Hag says he will not be leaving the club this season, despite interest from Bayern Munich.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag said on Monday he will stay with the Dutch side until the end of the season amid speculation he could replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich.

Sky in Germany report the Dutchman is the Bundesliga champions top target as they search for a replacement for Niko Kovac.

But when asked whether he would remain at Ajax for the rest of the season, Ten Hag said: “Yes, I can confirm that.