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Dalic to stay with Croatia, after taking team to World Cup final

AFP  |  Zagreb 

Dalic, who led to final last month, signalled today that he would stay on as coach, smoothing away doubts that emerged after his return from

Dalic had complained that he lacked the full support of the Federation (HNS), saying he had to "think carefully" about his future.

But a meeting with HNS appeared to clear the air.

"I consider that we solved all of the issues and I'm looking forward to new challenges," Dalic was quoted as saying in an HNS statement today after the meeting.

Suker added: "I am glad that we talked openly about things that could be better in the future and that we will go together toward new victories."

A formal signing of Dalic's contract is expected at the next meeting of HNS committee, the statement said.

Croatian press celebrated the announcement, with Sportske Novosti, a web portal, proclaiming: "The most important deal of Croatian has been reached, Dalic to stay as "

Croatia's Luka Modric, the star who helped power the team to its first ever appearance in a final, had earlier urged Dalic to stay on to lead the team to Euro 2020.

Although lost 4-2 to in final, their progress was celebrated with euphoria in a small country fiercely proud of its team.

Hundreds of thousands of people swarmed Zagreb's streets to welcome the players home on July 16.

Dalic took over in October, three matches before the end of qualifications for 2018. He had only seven matches with the team before the start of the tournament in

In recent days Dalic's name had appeared among possible successors of to lead the South Korean side.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 22:00 IST