- Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic believes he is the second best football coach in the world
- The 51-year-old Dalic guided Croatia to the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia
- The football tactician has 24 months left on his present deal and wants more than £3.8m to stay
Croatia Blazers boss Zlatko Dalic says he deserves more than £3.8million to pen a new contract after claiming to the second best football manager in the world, according to a UK Daily Mail report.
The football tactician was at the helms of affair as Croatia reached their first World Cup final in Russia, where they eventually lost to France’s les Bleus in the final contest.
After a decent performance on the field that saw the Blazers claim the runners-up medal at the just concluded global football fiesta in Russia, the coach who still has 24 months on his present deal, insists he deserves bigger wages in line with other renowned football tacticians in the world.
“Like it or not, I am the second best coach in the world,” the Sun report quoted Dalic as saying to Croatian newspaper Vecernji list.
“And this figure of £3.8m per year for the second coach in the world is too small!
“I have two years on my contract left and I can stay with the team for that long, but I said that after the tour of United States [in March] I made the decision to go.
“I cannot stand that people who kicked the ball twice in their lifetime decide about my destiny on the Croatian bench! I'm independent and unburdened, but I cannot let anyone play with me and have someone try to dismiss me in two months.”
Interestingly, Dalic defied all odds to ensure that the Eastern European nation progressed to the World Cup final despite playing facing extra-time in three straight rounds.
However, the former Al-Ain boss believes the Blazers gave a good account of themselves despite the 4-2 loss to France.
“I am sad, and I will be sad for the rest of my life,' Dalic added.
“It remains a grievance because Croatia are not world champions, and we should have been the winners because of our quality, the quality of our game.
“But, dear God did not want us to win it. We did not lose to a better team, France just had more luck. A grief about this shall never pass.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Croatia’s Nikola Kalinic has refused to accept his FIFA World Cup silver medal following his sudden axe after the Blazers first match against Nigeria at the Mundial.
According to a UK Sun report citing Russia’s Sportske Novosti, Nikola Kalinic has repeatedly stressed he did not deserve the honour.
Compassionately, Kalinic's squad mates as well as backroom staff have handed the 30-year-old his runners-up medal despite refusing to come on against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their World Cup opening game.
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