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Croatia and Bilić to extend ties

The Croatian Football Federation has reached an agreement with Slaven Bilić to extend the contract of their highly-rated coach beyond UEFA EURO 2008™.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilić
Croatia coach Slaven Bilić ©Getty Images

'I will stay'
"We'll reveal all the contract details next week, and for now I can only say that we've agreed terms," said HNS general secretary Zorislav Srebrić. Bilić, 39, is one of the most sought after young coaches in Europe after guiding his country to EURO at the expense of England. Speaking before last week's friendly international in Scotland, Bilić said: "I will stay. I will sign anything, money isn't important." Reports in Croatia suggest the deal could be worth €1m per year – a figure the HNS refuted. "It's not true," Srebrić added. "We're not in a position to offer that money to anyone." Croatia will meet Austria, Germany and Poland in Group B during this summer's tournament.