Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has dismissed talk of him becoming the next Bayern Munich boss despite admitting his love for the club.
Ten Hag has been tipped to replace Niko Kovac as Bayern manager after the Croatian was sacked on the back of the club’s shock 5-1 defeat to Frankfurt on Saturday.
Ten Hag spent two seasons in charge of Bayern’s reserve side between 2013 and 2015 but says he won’t leave Ajax before the end of the season.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has denied rumours he could become Bayern Munich’s next manager
Ten Hag says he’s committed to Ajax and will remain at the club until the end of the season
Despite his denials, Ten Hag refused to deny reports Bayern have already contacted him
‘I feel a strong connection with my team and everyone at Ajax,’ he told Sky Germany. I can confirm that I stay at Ajax this season.
‘Bayern is a fantastic club and I really enjoyed working there. It’s still in my heart but now I’m at Ajax.
‘I’m not a dreamer. I focus on Ajax and live for today.’
Niko Kovac was sacked by Bayern following the club’s shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt
However, Sky Germany have reported that Bayern have already contacted Ten Hag’s representatives and the Dutchman didn’t deny the claims.
When asked if the reports were true, he said: ‘I can’t answer that question.’
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are two other high profile names who have been touted as potential replacements for Kovac.
Former Bayern and United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger revealed on Monday that Mourinho was learning German during his time at Old Trafford.
Wenger, meanwhile, has been without a club since leaving Arsenal in May 2018 and it remains to be seen if he can be tempted back into management.