Zainal confirms talks with Selangor but nothing finalised

With speculation of Mehmet Durakovic’s future at Selangor growing, former Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan has confirmed he is speaking to the Red Giants and PDRM ahead of the 2016 season.

Zainal is itching for a return to Klang Valley and is waiting for offers from two or three other teams close to the capital before deciding on his future.

The 2014 FA Cup and Malaysia Cup winning coach revealed that he had talks with recently-crowned Malaysia Cup winners Selangor and PDRM. He has even reached a verbal agreement with one club but insisted his options were still open until he signs the dotted lines.

“I want to be closer to my family. I have been traveling a lot for the last 12 years. I did talk to Selangor and PDRM about my intentions to return to Klang Valley,” said Zainal late Thursday night.

“I am still waiting to hear from another team and I will choose the best offer. I do have a verbal agreement but nothing is finalised as I have not signed anything.”

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Zainal’s comments further fuelled talk that Selangor are ready to ditch Durakovic despite the Australian bringing home a record 33rd Malaysia Cup trophy, ending a 10-year wait with a 2-0 victory against Kedah in last Saturday's final.

On Wednesday, Football Association of Selangor president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali confirmed that no decision was made on the future of Durakovic and compatriot Robert Cornthwaite, although the defender earlier told FourFourTwo that the management had told him of their intentions not to extend his contract.

FourFourTwo understands that Pahang's Khairul Azhan Khalid, Razman Roslan and Hafiz Kamal had agreed to join Zainal at Selangor, but the latter has insisted that he has not had a hand in their decisions to make any moves.

Selangor have not announced any signings for 2016 either, as they clarify the futures of their present staff and squad.