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The Dutchman has stressed that he is not interested in succeeding Pep Guardiola as the man in charge of the Catalan giants as it is "not the right time" for him to move

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has made it clear that he has no intention to leave the Eredivisie champions for Barcelona at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Blaugrana are in the market for a new trainer due to the expected departure of Pep Guardiola, who will announce a decision on his future at a press conference at 13.30CET, and De Boer has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace the 41-year-old Catalan.

Nevertheless, the Dutchman is not interested in a return to Camp Nou at this stage of his managerial career.

"I will not leave you guys. I'd miss you too much," said De Boer light-heartedly to reporters at a press conference.

"It's not the right time for me to move to a big club like Barcelona. I speak some Spanish, but not good enough to be coach of a Spanish team.

"I understand Pep's decision to leave Barcelona, because he's won it all. It's a real shame, though, that he is leaving. Frank Rijkaard started things at Barca, but Guardiola perfected it."

De Boer spent five seasons as a player at Barcelona from 1998 until 2003. He won just one title, La Liga, with the Blaugrana.

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