The coach of the Croatian national football team rejected a number of lucrative offers to stay at the helm of the national team.
Zlatko Dalić will lead the Croatian national football team until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), Davor Šuker, and Dalić have officially agreed to a new contract covering the next two years and five months. The news was announced by the Sportske novosti paper.
The decision still has to be confirmed by the HNS Executive Board, which will meet later this month, but given his popularity among his players and the fans, this is expected to be little more than a formality.
Media, fans and his players alike all expected Dalić to stay on until the European Football Championship in 2020, and when the tournament was postponed until 2021, he agreed to lead the team through the competition. His existing contract ended over the summer, and after leading the Croatian national team to second place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he was receiving rich offers from teams in China and a number of Arab countries. Unsurprisingly Dalić, who is very public about his sense of patriotism, turned all of the offers down.
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