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Ajax said Monday that it has reached an agreement with Chelsea on the immediate move of coach Henk ten Cate to the London-based team coached by Israeli Avraham Grant.
Ten Cate and Chelsea still have to complete negotiations, Amsterdam-based Ajax said in a statement on its Web site.
Chelsea has been looking to strengthen its coaching staff since former manager Jose Mourinho left September 20. Ten Cate is expected to become an assistant coach.
The Ajax statement said: "After being approached by Chelsea, Henk ten Cate asked the Ajax management last week to start negotiations with the Premier-League side. After internal deliberations, Ajax agreed to do so.
"It is now up to Chelsea and Henk ten Cate to finalise the deal together. Ajax do not expect this to take much time."
Last week Grant refuted speculation that Chelsea was planning to bring in Ten Cate to replace him. The former Maccabi Haifa coach said he is "very happy" with current assistant coach Steve Clarke but confirmed he is looking to bring in another assistant.
"I'm looking for an assistant. I said it before and I will say it again, I am looking for two, one from Europe, one who is British," Grant told reporters. "We have one who is British, Steve Clarke, which is very good, doing a very good job in the last two weeks.
"It's not easy - he replaced two men, not one. We have a different way of training, the coach is coaching and I am manager, so now we are still looking for another assistant,' the first team coach explained.
Grant admited former Barcelona assistant coach Ten Cate is someone he admires.
"He has a good record, he is a nice person, and I've met him before," Grant said. "He knows football, and when I look for an assistant for Chelsea I want an assistant from top of the line, because he needs to work under me and to understand modern football and modern systems of training.
Stressing his position, Grant added: "It's my decision, I am in charge of myself, my staff and my players. Any decision about my staff and my players is my decision."