Miguel Herrera in no hurry to extend Tijuana contract

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The former Mexico and Club America coach is happy in Tijuana but won't rush to sign a new contract when his current deal expires in the winter.

Tijuana coach Miguel Herrera says he is flattered by love from fans of other clubs, and while he has no plans to leave at the moment, he also is in no hurry to extend his stay.

Herrera saw Tijuana to a 1-0 victory over Club America in the Copa MX round of 16 on Wednesday, with Xolos moving on to quarterfinals thanks to a 28th-minute goal from U.S. international Paul Arriola.

With America struggling under Ricardo La Volpe, who had a large impact on Herrera's style, some fans have hoped "El Piojo" would consider a return to the capital. While the manager said he is happy with Tijuana, he also clarifed that he's in no rush to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of the year.

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"I have an obligation to this institution, to (Club Tijuana president) Jorge Alberto (Hank), who has afforded me a lot of support and job security, but I also owe the other institution that has a manager right now," Herrera said. "I love being thought of fondly by the fans, it fills me with a lot of pride, but I'm at a great team and I have a duty to them.

"I've got a contract through December. We're not in a hurry to renew. We're going to sit down, we're going to make decisions and we're going to make them together. I'm very happy and grateful. For right now, everything is a lie. I'm loyal to the people who offer me a job. If I make a decision one day, first I will speak to the directors."

The comments echo those he made a week ago when, speaking before a league game against Pachuca, he said, "We've talked with Jorge Alberto, but not about renewing. We're all happy with the circumstances that we work in, but we're not in a hurry. I still have six months left."

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For now, Tijuana is chasing both the league and the cup, sitting third in the league table and facing Morelia in next week's cup quarterfinal. Arriola said he was thrilled to score the winning goal but couldn't celebrate for long with more matches approaching.

“There’s now not much time to talk about it and think about it and we have to turn the page because Saturday we play Queretaro, so, tomorrow show up and that is what we are focused on,” Arriola told reporters after the match. “All you can ask for is for the competition from within the team. That has really helped us and I think that’s really pushed me to raise my level. We will see how Miguel decides to play us out on Saturday and then on Tuesday, but I hope to be there in both playing 90 minutes.”

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