Former Tottenham Hotspur man Vedran Corluka waxes lyrical on Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic

The West Ham boss is popular with the former Tottenham right-back.

In 2008 Tottenham Hotspur snapped up Vedran Corluka from Manchester City. The Croatian international went on to spend four years with the club before heading over to Russia, where he remains today.

He joined Lokomotiv Moscow in June 2012 in a deal that was instigated mainly by his former national team coach – Slaven Bilic.

Bilic is of course now the West Ham boss and Corluka today has been discussing his former gaffer. Talking to FIFA.com he revealed how it was Bilic who took him to Russia, and spoke warmly about the current Hammers boss:

“I never imagined that at some point I’d end up in Russia”, he admits. ”It all happened after EURO 2012, when I got a call from [then Lokomotiv coach] Slaven Bilic. I’d already worked a lot with him and I’d always enjoyed it, so after a couple of days thinking it over, I agreed. Unfortunately, Bilic left the team a year later - but I’m still here. And I’m enjoying it!”

When Bilic was named as the new West Ham boss Corluka’s name did not take long to get linked to Upton Park. The Mirror claimed that Bilic was plotting a move to bring the right sided defender back to London with West Ham – but it was a move that never came off, even though Corluka sounds like he would be open to the idea.

Corluka is now happy in Russia and the former Tottenham man will probably be wishing Bilic all the best more than most in his West Ham future – despite his Spurs past.

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