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The highly rated young coach was approached by Spurs after Andre Villas-Boas's sacking, claims Ronald de Boer, as well as having been previously targeted by the Reds

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has turned down opportunities at both Liverpool and Tottenham in the last year, according to his brother, Ronald.

The former Barcelona defender has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons, having won three successive Eredivisie titles with the Amsterdam club.

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And Ronald de Boer, himself a successful former player, has now revealed that Spurs wanted his brother to replace the sacked Andre Villas-Boas this winter before hiring Tim Sherwood but says that he opted to remain in his native Netherlands to continue his managerial education.

"Frank has already denied Liverpool and Tottenham," he told talkSPORT. "Tottenham wanted to take him in January but Frank said no.

"He also said no to Liverpool last year. He thought he was still not ready and wanted to learn more.

"Now he's ready though. We’ll have to wait and see [what offers he gets].

"It's important for Frank to get the right club otherwise he won't leave Ajax. He's very happy there."

De Boer confirmed his interest in someday taking charge of either club in February, while professing his happiness to remain at Ajax for the time being, though Sherwood took umbrage at his admission.

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