Hamburg have identified Croatia coach Slaven Bilic as the man they would like to succeed Huub Stevens at the end of the season.
Hamburg are second in the German championship, but their Dutch coach Huub Stevens is leaving to take over at PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season.
“They made it clear that they want me to take over the team from this summer. However, we haven’t talked about any concrete details yet,” Bilic told Jutarnji List.
Bilic said he was also in talks with the Croatian Soccer Association (HNS) about his future.
“I wouldn’t like to use media as a means of communication with my employer and anyhow, there is nothing new yet. It is true that the Hamburg offer is an honour for me,” Bilic said.
Croatian federation president Vlatko Markovic said earlier this month he would like to keep Bilic, but was aware that the former international defender would receive more lucrative offers from European clubs.
Bilic took over as coach after the 2006 World Cup and led the country to top spot in their qualifying group for this year’s Euro 2008 finals.