Van den Brom plays down Ajax talk

AZ Alkmaar manager John van den Brom has refuted speculation he would be first in line to replace Frank de Boer if the Ajax boss decides to leave.

The Cheeseheads head to the Amsterdam Arena to take on Ajax on Sunday amid rumours De Boer is considering leaving the club at the end of the season, with Van den Brom being named as his most likely successor.

The AZ mentor is seen as the ideal candidate because of his time at the club, both as a player and former manager of the youth team, Jong Ajax.

However, Van den Brom has denied the claims, insisting he is happy at his current club.

"By all clubs that you play for in your career you have an affinity with them and in some cases that affinity is stronger at certain clubs," he told NOS.

"I had fantastic years at Ajax as a player and with coaching Jong Ajax but I am now manger of AZ and I am enjoying it here too.

"In football things that are in the past you must leave them behind and keep the good things with you as in my case not just with Ajax but also with Vitesse Arnhem and of course Anderlecht where I really enjoyed my time as manager.

"It is not up to me to dictate the next step in my career. I am satisfied here at AZ which is very important to me.

"I also speak to Frank de Boer on a regular basis and he is also satisfied at Ajax so these stories of me succeeding him are of no significance whatsoever," he concluded.