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Barcelona target Erik ten Hag plans to stay at Ajax

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Ajax manager Erik ten Hag plans to see out the remainder of his contract amid reported interest from Barcelona.

Since replacing Marcel Keizer in December 2017, Ten Hag has overseen an impressive 54 wins and just eight defeats in his 73 matches in charge of Ajax.

And the Dutchman has done a terrific job in his first full campaign at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Ajax can win their first Eredivisie title in five years by defeating De Graafschap tonight.

The Dutch giants also won the KNVB Cup this month after thrashing Willem II 4-0 in the final.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag also oversaw a memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals this season with Ajax knocking out cup holders Real Madrid and Juventus in shocking fashion.

Although hopes of a first European crown since 1995 came to a disappointing end after Ajax blew a three-goal aggregate lead to be eliminated by Tottenham in Amsterdam earlier this month.

Nonetheless, Ten Hag’s reputation has grown tremendously with Barcelona being touted as a potential destination.

Despite his desire to continue at Camp Nou, Ernesto Valverde’s future as Blaugrana manager remains uncertain following the club’s humiliating defeat to Liverpool in their own Champions League semi-final tie.

But Ten Hag only sees himself at Ajax and intends to see out his contract.

“I have a contract here and I enjoy it. We’re working on the future, so I’m not thinking about that right now,” said Ten Hag, according to Fox Sports.

Tadic hails ‘very important’ Ten Hag

Meanwhile, Ajax star Dusan Tadic hailed the impact Ten Hag has made at the club following his arrival in 2017.

The former Southampton winger has excelled under Ten Hag, with 36 goals and 24 assists in 55 games.

“He was very important. He did a great job. He wants to improve us every day, he wants to help us,” Tadic told Omnisport.

“I think he also told his team with [Alfred Schreuder], with Richard [Witschge], with Aaron [Winter], with Carlo [l’Ami], with Bjorn [Rekelhof] and also a lot of compliments to our medical staff also, they did great to keep us fit.

“And also like all coaches they did amazing for us because they want to make us better.

“What is the biggest thing about Erik I think is his fanaticism and that he wants to improve us every day and he really likes football and this is really great for players because always they want to help you improve.”

Tadic added: “It was an amazing season in the Champions League for me and for the team.

“This is the most important thing because we did everything as a team and then everyone showed themselves in a bigger part and everything and yes, I think Ajax is the highlight of all the Champions League and everyone is talking about Ajax.”

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 12: Dusan Tadic of Ajax celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Eredivisie match between Ajax and Utrecht at Johan Cruyff Arena on May 12, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)