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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 8, 2006

Scolari in no rush to agree new deal

Luiz Felipe Scolari will be putting his 'personal satisfaction' over his wallet when negotiating a new contract with the Portuguese FA (FPF) after the World Cup tournament.

Big Phil's current contract as Portugal boss is about to come to an end, and after leading the country to the Euro 2004 final and the World Cup semi-finals, the FPF would be more than happy to continue the successful alliance.

Portugal clash with host nation Germany in Stuttgart tonight to battle it out for the bronze medal, but Scolari has said he will not consider any contract issues before next Wednesday.

'I have been talking to the president (Gilberto Madail) but there has not been a decision yet,' he stated. 'I do not want to think about it now. I don't want to shift the attention from the match against Germany.

'I have a lot of respect for all the players and I have a great friendship with the president and after the World Cup we are going to decide what we will do.'

Scolari revealed money was a factor, but certainly not the most important one.

'There are many things that I need to evaluate,' he added. 'For example money, but that is not so important. I have plenty of money and don't need any more. The most important thing is my personal satisfaction.

'I need personal satisfaction and I am getting there with Portugal. I love Portugal and would like to stay but I need to decide on many items of the contract.'

The former Brazil boss is expected to make at least four line-up changes for the Germany match. A knee injury has ruled out right-back Maniche, while Ricardo Carvalho serves a yellow card ban.

Scolari admitted it was hard for his players to keep their concentration up.

'The third-place match is difficult because it makes the players remember that they lost in semi-finals,' he explained. 'So it is difficult to get ready for this as everyone is reminded that they lost the chance to play in the final.'

Scolari also praised Chelsea midfielder Maniche for playing a 'great tournament'.

He added: 'This championship has been fantastic for him because he has had some problems before. And now seven or 10 clubs are paying attention and are looking forward to speaking to him after the World Cup is over.'

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