Journalist claims agent may have engineered rumours of Spurs’ interest in boss

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Dutch football experts Rene van der Gijp and Johan Derksen have dismissed the rumours of Tottenham’s interest in Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, suggesting instead that the speculation has been instigated by the Dutch coach’s agent.

After losing out to Bayern Munich in the race for Julian Nagelsmann, it was reported that ten Hag was in the running to replace Jose Mourinho (Guardian).

However, the North Londoners’ chances of landing the 51-year-old appear to be over after he signed a one-year contract extension at the Johan Cruyff Arena. 

It is unclear if ten Hag snubbed Spurs or if it was the other way round, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that it was the North London club who decided to move on to other targets after holding a meeting with Ajax boss. 

Veronica Inside analysts Van der Gijp and Johan Derksen believe that Tottenham’s interest in ten Hag might have been entirely fabricated.

As translated by Sport Witness, Van der Gijp said: “You can’t tell me that as a club, you have a few years with Mauricio Pochettino and then Jose Mourinho, and then you talk to Erik Ten Hag.

“Don’t you think, well, that is quite a difference? Don’t you think so?”

Derksen responded: “That happens very often. Agents throw that into the media with friendly journalists, and then they hope that something comes loose there.”

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