Croatia coach Slaven Bilic wants to stay in the job after his contract expires at the end of the 2010 World Cup campaign, according to reports.
Bilic took over after the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and led Croatia to Euro 2008 where they lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals.
“The idea to keep the job is nothing new. Why would I stay? Because I feel good and no one should hurry leaving the place where they feel good. This experience is priceless,” Bilic was quoted by the Jutarnji List.
However, he admitted that he alone could not decide his future.
“There are circumstances which do have to fall in place. Besides qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa, we’ve yet to see if the FA wants me to stay,” Bilic said.
Meanwhile, Croatia FA President Vlatko Markovic told the online edition of Sportske Novosti that he had no doubts about Bilic remaining in his post.
“I have no dilemma in that matter. Bilic will stay,” he said.
“Of course we will offer him a new contract. We cannot find a better coach, after all a number of European teams want to engage him. But, don’t worry. We will qualify for South Africa.”