Dortmund appoint coach Bosz from Ajax as Tuchel's successor

Balotelli is looking for a new club after spending a season with Nice in Ligue 1, scoring 17 goals in 28 appearances in all competition.

Bosz signs a two-year contract to run through to 2019.

However, Dutch papers said on Tuesday that Bosz is embroiled in a major conflict with other trainers at the club, prompting his departure. It was a respectful discussion. I felt we could work well together.

"We're assuming that it will hopefully be longer", Watzke said.

"Yes", the flamboyant agent told Bild when asked whether he was in attendance to discuss a transfer for Balotelli.

Bosz, 53, led Ajax to last month's Europa League final, which the Dutch club lost 2-0 to Manchester United. His football is a throwback to the traditional days of Ajax, passing the ball well with an emphasis on keeping the ball on the floor and retaining possession. "We would like to see it on the pitch next season".

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Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar described it as a "good deal".

"I have mixed feelings".

But instead Bosz got the nod, ending his one-season stint at Ajax, where he arrived past year after a brief spell in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

However, his transformation of Ajax after their somewhat uninspiring final season under Frank de Boer into an entertaining side that pressed high and played attractive, attacking football at a quick tempo improved his standing in the game.

Bosz had a short spell as a player in the Bundesliga at Hansa Rostock in 1998 before beginning a coaching career at a number of Dutch clubs.