Calisto to renew contract

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Vietnam’s national football team head coach Henrique Calisto has agreed to sign a new three-year contract as his current deal expires at the end of March.

Asked about concerns among local football fans over the fact that he hadn’t signed the contract yet, Calisto told Thanh Nien he was grateful to the fans for their interest.

 â€œI can simply explain that my current contract won’t expire till March 31, so the Vietnam Football Federation and I still have plenty of time to talk a bit more before signing it.

Asked whether he will surely sign the contract or is stalling to pressure VFF because he wants to coach the national team and Hanoi T&T at the same time, Calisto said he had agreed VFF’s requirement that he not work for a club team while coaching the national squad.

He said that he and VFF had agreed to most of the terms in the contract would only need to discuss a few more details before signing a version of the agreement they had discussed on January 19.

Offsetting local rumors, Calisto said he would not demand that Portuguese laws be applied to the new contract.

The Portuguese tactician added that he came to Vietnam with all his love and the simple wish to do his best for Vietnamese football without ever thinking of making things legally complicated.

Calisto, who helped Vietnam’s national team earn the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup in 2008 and the Under-23 team come in second at the 2009 South East Asian Games in Laos, said he would fly to Hanoi on Monday (February 22) to talk with VFF but that VFF would decide when the new three-year contract would be signed.

He said he wasn’t allowed to talk about the details of the new contract but that he would do his best to help Vietnamese players do well at the Asiad in November and AFF Cup in December.

When asked about his goals for those competitions, Calisto said VFF hadn’t set any particular goal but that he himself always thinks of wins.

Reported by Xuan Lam

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