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Bilic signs new two-year deal with Croatia

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 May 2008

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Croatia have beaten off reported interest from top clubs to secure the coaching services of Slaven Bilic for an extra two years, Croatian football federation (HNS) president Vlatko Markovic said on Monday.

Bilic led Croatia through qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals where they will meet co-hosts Austria, Germany and Poland.

Now Markovic wants the former international defender to continue working his magic up to South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

“We’re delighted that Slaven and his assistants are staying,” said Markovic after Bilic put pen to paper on a new deal which some reports claim sees him double his current salary to 10,000 euros (15,473 dollars) net a month.

Bilic has been assisted since 2006 by former international teammates Aljosa Asanovic, Nikola Jurcevic and Robert Prosinecki – all of whom have been given new deals.

“They’re done a perfect job up till now,” added Markovic. “I’m sure they will continue to ruffle feathers in the next two years.”

Bilic last month rejected an offer to succeed Dutchman Huub Stevens as coach of Bundesliga side Hamburg, despite being offered a “fantastic” deal – according to Bilic.

The former West Ham and Everton defender, who has said he would love to coach in the Premier League, had also reportedly been approached by English clubs such as Fulham, and French first division strugglers Paris Saint Germain.

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