De Boer says thanks, but no thanks to LFC approach

Ajax manager Frank De Boer has said he is honoured to be approached by Liverpool to discuss potentially becoming their new manager, but that he intends to remain at the Dutch club.

“I am honoured by the request [from Liverpool] but I have only just started with Ajax,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“In Amsterdam, we are on a new path and I, along with Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp – my colleagues on the technical side – want to bring success.

“That’s why I will stay loyal to Ajax in the coming years.”

Didier Deschamps has also distanced himself from reports linking him with the vacant job at Anfield.

The Frenchman said “It is expected that I will be there [Marseille] next season. When it goes badly, there is need to recharge. I will leave on vacation but it is expected that I’ll be there for July 2.”

De Boer, Deschamps and Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers have all cooled their links with Liverpool, leaving Roberto Martinez and Andre Villas-Boas the leading contenders to take over on Merseyside.

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