Carlos Queiroz Yet to Agree to Iran Contract Extension: Source
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Carlos Queiroz has yet to agree to extend his stay as Iran coach despite claims by the president of the country's football federation that the Portuguese would lead the team at January's Asian Cup finals.
Iran Football Federation president Mehdi Taj had already said Queiroz would remain at the helm following Team Melli’s elimination from the World Cup finals through to the continental championship in the United Arab Emirates.
But a source close to Queiroz denied an agreement has been reached between the two parties and that the former Real Madrid head coach is considering other options.
"There was a new approach from the Iran Football Federation, but the agreement is far from done due to the basic conditions that would be necessary for the federation to put in place towards the Asian Cup," the source told Reuters.
"In the present scenario, Carlos Queiroz's contract with Iran Federation finishes at the end of July. Apart from Iran, Carlos has other proposals and options that are open."
Queiroz stated before the World Cup that he would end his seven-year stint as Iran coach upon the completion of the country's involvement in Russia 2018.
The 65-year-old was appointed in April 2011 and steered the team to back-to-back qualifications for the World Cup for the first time in Iran's history.
Their performance in Russia, where they defeated Morocco and drew with European champions Portugal only to miss narrowly out on a place in the second round, was the nation's best in five appearances at the finals.