Slaven Bilic expects summer departure from Besiktas; West Ham return now possible?

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Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic says he expects to leave the club this summer.

Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic has told Liga TV that he expects the club to let him leave this summer, with quotes reported by Turkish Football.

Bilic, 46, has been in charge of Besiktas since the summer of 2013, having left Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow just a week before his move to Turkey - but his time with the club could be coming to an end after two years.

Besiktas currently sit third in the Turkish Super Lig, seven points adrift of leaders Galatasaray - and now, Bilic has allegedly told Liga TV that he expects Besiktas to move in a different direction this summer, as reported by Turkish Football.

"I do not expect Besiktas to keep me on at the end of the season," said Bilic, in an admission which will now doubt alert West Ham United.

The Croatian, who has also managed Hajduk Split and the Croatian national team, spent over a year with West Ham as a player, earning cult hero status before moving on to Everton in 1997.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Bilic is on West Ham's shortlist as a potential new managerial appointment this summer, with current boss Sam Allardyce out of contract this summer and likely to leave the club having won just three Premier League games in 2015.

Now, with Bilic expecting to leave Besiktas, there is the perfect opportunity for him to make a return to Upton Park as their new manager - but whether the West Ham board will make their move to bring the Croatian back to East London remains to be seen.

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