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Slaven Bilic has dismissed speculation he could quit his post as coach of Crotia to manage in the Premier League.

Bilic is reportedly a target for a number of clubs, including West Ham, where he was a player during 1996-97.

“I am flattered to see in the papers that there are some clubs interested in me,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“But on the other hand it gets on my nerves because I have my job to do, and I am not thinking of leaving it. I am 100% focused on my job with Croatia.”

Bilic also revealed he has been to see Arsenal’s Croatian striker Eduardo, who is recovering from a broken leg suffered in a challenge with Birmingham’s Martin Taylor last month.

“Eduardo is ok, although he is badly injured,” said Bilic. “I was with him last Friday and he is improving well but still it is early days.

“But he is convinced – he is so strong in his head, he is a great character and a great guy – and I am convinced that he will come back better than he was.”

However, Bilic rejected Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s recent suggestion that Taylor’s tackle was too aggressive.

“Tackling is a very important part of the game,” said Bilic. “Football is a very physical game, and it has to be.

“I agree that we have to protect players from serious injury, like Eduardo’s, but if tackling was stopped, football would be the loser.”

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