Erik ten Hag has ended doubts over his future by signing a new three-year contract at Ajax.
Upon replacing Marcel Keizer in December 2017, Ten Hag has helped transform Ajax into a team capable of even beating Real Madrid and Juventus.
In what was only his first full season at the helm, the 49-year-old led Ajax to their first Eredivisie title since 2014. The Amsterdam-based club then rounded things off by winning their first KNVB Cup in nine years to secure a domestic double.
Perhaps, though, the greatest achievement of Ajax’s campaign came in the Champions League. It saw a team, with an average age of just 23, reach the semi-finals before the dream ended at the hands of Tottenham.
Ten Hag’s reputation has, therefore, grown tremendously and had reportedly captured the interest of Barcelona. However, the Dutchman has put Ajax supporters’ fears over his future at ease by committing himself to a new long-term deal.
“We have had a fantastic year and now want to expand on this,” said Ten Hag on the club’s website.
“The results we have achieved so far have been fantastic.
“It will be a hell of a job to repeat that. But we will set our goals again and go for results again.”
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars added: “I think it is good for Ajax that the manager will be here in the years to come after such a successful season. We want to continue building.”
Ten Hag has won 56, drawn 10 and lost just eight of his 74 matches in charge of Ajax across all competitions.
The Dutch champions will return to action in a pre-season friendly against fourth-tier side Quick ’20 next Tuesday.