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"My choice is Malaysia" - Troussier declares interest in Harimau Malaya post

"My choice is Malaysia" - Troussier declares interest in Harimau Malaya post

The experienced Frenchman has publicly declared his interest in taking over the Malaysian national team, despite a plethora of offers from around the world

Former Japan head coach, Philippe Troussier has publicly revealed his interest in being appointed as the next Malaysian national team boss. Rumours recently suggested that the Football Association of Malaysia were extremely close to concluding a deal with him and the man himself has now hinted towards the move.

"My choice is Malaysia. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) has not only offered me to serve as national coach, but also wants me to become its technical director. The national body is keen to have me oversee its football system," Troussier told news.xinhuanet.com.

However, Troussier is still keeping his options open, with the deal not concluded yet. The Frenchman has received plenty of offers from various countries, including Tunisia, though he claimed that a decision on his future will be made soon.

"I have also received offers from national teams and clubs in Europe and Africa. In addition, I've also got offers from two Super League clubs in China. I will make a decision soon."

FAM have identified Troussier as their number one target for quite some time now, with them also holding talks with him on two separate occassions. However, there was a minor scare recently, with the Tunisian FA also opening talks to acquire his services.

However, it now appears that the idea of managing the football system in Malaysia seems to be more appealing to the Frenchman and FAM remain confident of concluding the deal soon.

Besides his vast experience, Troussier's exploits with Japan in 2002, where he guided them to the Last 16 stage of the FIFA World Cup, remains a prominent factor in FAM's decision. However, the back-up choice to the Frenchman is Zdenek Zeman, who is famously known for his time with AS Roma in Italy.
 

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