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Barcelona assistant boss Henk Ten Cate has revealed that Ajax have spoken to him about succeding Ronald Koeman who quite last week, but insists he will be staying at Camp Nou.

Ten Cate has plenty of experience of coaching in De Eredivisie having managed Go Ahead Eagles, Sparta Rotterdam, Vitesse Arnhem and NAC Breda, before linking up with Frank Rijkaard at the Camp Nou.

However, despite the temptation of a retrun to Holland, Ten Cate insists he will remain with Barcelona for the time being.

“I don’t want to talk too much about Ajax, and that’s the truth,” he declared.

“The only thing I can say is that there is no smoke without fire.

“Frank and I arrived at Barcelona two years ago and this season we can gain the first fruits of our labours in the form of titles.

“We are fighting hard to achieve that and I believe at the end of the season we will get rewarded for our work.

“I want to go with Barca to Sant Jaume (the club’s new training complex) and for that reason I want to stay here. Therefore everyone can be certain.

“What’s more, my family love living here. That is another reason to carry on because their opinion counts a lot.”

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