Erik ten Hag commits to Ajax despite interest from Bayern Munich and Barcelona

By | 15th May 2019

AJAX boss Erik ten Hag is committed to his current club despite interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The 49-year-old masterminded one of the most incredible Champions League runs in years with his young Dutch side, reaching the semi-finals.

Erik ten Hag says he is committed to Ajax for next season with his current deal running till next summer

It will come as no surprise to Ajax that his career is being eyed with raised eyebrows around Europe.

Ajax were agonisingly seconds away from reaching the final in Madrid when Spurs came from 3-0 down on aggregate to win the tie 3-3 on away goals, thanks to Lucas Moura’s incredible hat-trick.

The winner came in the 95th-minute, leaving the young Dutch side utterly heartbroken.

According to Bild, Ten Hag said: “To be associated with clubs like Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern is nice.

“I feel comfortable here and we are already working towards the future.

“That’s why I’m currently not thinking about leaving.”


Ten Hag has a contract until 2020, but Bayern Munich feel like they have the upper hand given he was their second team coach between 2013 and 2015.

Since then he has been at Utrecht before his switch to the Amsterdam ArenA.

Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter boss Jose Mourinho slated Ten Hag’s tactics as they attempted to close out the Spurs tie a week ago.

He said: “Ajax deserve all the credit for that and all the admiration of people like us who love football, and we give them the credit they deserve.

“But football is a sporting battle and in battles you need strategy.

“And to win matches, especially special matches, for special matches you need sometimes not to be tied to your philosophy.

“Sometimes you even need to go against your philosophy to win a football match and I think if Ajax, in the second half, hide their weaknesses better, but everybody knows their weaknesses, they have to cope with that.

“We saw many examples in their attacking situations, we had other situations where Blind and De Ligt were outside.

“The basic thing you do when you have an advantage is keep your balance all the time – never unbalanced.”

Ten Hag’s Ajax side were undone in utterly dramatic style by Tottenham in last week’s semi-final second leg
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