Bilic 'to sign new deal' to stay with Croatia

April 30, 2008

ZAGREB, April 30 (Reuters) - Coach Slaven Bilic has agreed to extend his Croatia contract for two more years, local media reported on Wednesday.

The new deal is worth 1.2 million kuna (£125,000) a year and will take the former Croatia defender up to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Bilic will sign the contract on Friday, according to the Vecernji List daily.

'The coach's salary will have a fixed value but additional rewards will depend on his team's successes,' national soccer federation (HNS) vice-president Ivan Brlekovic told the daily.

Bilic, who has been linked with several top European teams, previously said he wanted to stay with Croatia for two more years before moving to a foreign club.

Croatia have been drawn alongside Austria, Poland and Germany in Euro 2008 Group B in June.

Bilic's side plan two warmup games, at home to Moldova on May 24 and against Hungary in Budapest on May 31.