Chris Coleman sticking with Wales


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Wales manager Chris Coleman has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving his current role, despite reported interest from elsewhere.

The 44-year-old took over as boss of the Dragons in 2012 and has masterminded a push towards qualification for next year’s European Championships in France.

Wales currently sit in second place in Group B and are level on points with table toppers Belgium at the halfway stage of the campaign.

The top two sides in each group automatically qualify for next summer’s finals, as the Welsh bid to secure a place at their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

The Dragons’ performances have also seen them move up to 21st in the latest FIFA world rankings, which is their highest ever position since the system came into place.

This achievement has led to reports that a number of teams are interested in acquiring the services of Coleman, but the former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss has admitted that he could never walk away from Wales.

He said: “I would never walk away from Wales, certainly not halfway through a campaign. If you get the opportunity to manage your country, no matter where you’re from, you take it.”

The former defender’s current deal runs out after Euro 2016, but he admits that he would be interested in extending his stay so that he could attempt to guide the Welsh to qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

He continued: “If we qualify for the Euros then I think I’d be crazy not to sit down and have a discussion about the next campaign. After all, we’re talking about the World Cup.”

Wales take on Belgium in their next qualifying match at the Millennium Stadium on June 12, knowing a victory will boost their chances of qualification further.

Wales are 201.00 to win the European Championships whilst the Belgians are currently 12.00 fifth favourites to seal overall glory next summer.

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