It is the hit shortly after this so successful EM!
Less than two weeks after the tournament ended, Blick found out that Vladimir Petkovic had asked the Swiss Football Association to terminate the contract.
Vinicio Fioranelli, who has been close to the Nati coach as an agent and friend for years, confirms this to Blick: “Yes, it is correct that Vladimir Petkovic asked for clearance.”
SFV confirmed talks with Bordeaux
The reason is that Girondins Bordeaux got in touch almost ten days ago. The French club wants the national team coach, who last reached the quarter-finals at the European Championships and only failed there in the penalty shoot-out against Spain. And it is certainly no coincidence that a French club is now inquiring about Petkovic – after his team caught up 1: 3 against France and catapulted the world champions out of the tournament in the European Championship round of 16.
The Swiss Football Association confirms that current discussions are ongoing between the parties involved. “On Sunday afternoon, the sports director of Girondins Bordeaux contacted our national team director Pierluigi Tami and expressed his interest in our national coach,” said a message from Monday morning.
But does the SFV also let the trainer go? That’s open. Because it is quite possible that the SFV wants to see money for its coach. The fact is: Vladimir Petkovic has an ongoing contract that will automatically be extended to the end of 2022 if he qualifies for the World Cup. The SFV is currently not issuing any further statements.
Don’t put any stones in the way
Fioranelli explains: “When Vladimir Petkovic extended his contract until after the 2022 World Cup, a clause was removed together. This said that he can change for little money in a top league, i.e. Germany, England, Italy, Spain or France. But he was assured that no obstacles would be put in his way if an offer was made. “
But now, says Fioranelli, Petkovic has been refused permission. It can be assumed, however, that the last word has not been spoken in this situation.
Agreement on three-year contract
Because it is also clear: Bordeaux and Petkovic have already agreed on a three-year contract until 2024, if the SFV grants the approval. Girondins Bordeaux, where Nati player Loris Benito (29) is under contract, reached 12th place in Ligue 1 last season.
Before the EM, Petkovic had spoken to Eintracht Frankfurt, with clubs like Fenerbahçe, Zenit St. Petersburg or the Russian Association it never became concrete. It is different now with Bordeaux: The association from the world-famous wine region wants to get him.
Because one thing is clear to him: After seven years with the Swiss Football Association, his time is over. He wants to start a new chapter.
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