Osorio: Colombia coaching job a 'priority'

BOGOTA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Juan Carlos Osorio has revealed he is considering a slew of coaching offers from around the world after leaving his post with Mexico's national team.

The Colombian ended his three-year spell with the Tricolor last week, less than a month after guiding Mexico to the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.

"The first thing was to finish well with Mexico, which we did," Osorio told Caracol Radio. "Now we [he and his advisors] are in a process of listening to those who have approached us. Colombia hasn't been among them."

Osorio said he would prioritize Colombia's national team, should the coaching position become available. The contract of current Cafeteros boss Jose Pekerman expires next month and there has been no word from the Colombian Football Federation about whether the Argentinian will continue.

"Obviously, as a Colombian and a football person, I aspire to vie for the national coaching job," the 56-year-old said. "I think any Colombian coach would feel the same way. It is and will continue to be a priority for me. I will continue to prepare myself in the best way possible so that it can happen.

"What is clear is that 25 or 30 years ago it [coaching Colombia] was a dream. Now it is a professional objective. The big difference between the dream and the objective is that the objective has an action plan which I am carrying out."

[ Editor: Liu Jiaming ]
 

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