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Bilic in talks to take over at Besiktas
Jun 25, 2013 8:54 AM EST
Slaven Bilic is in talks to become the new Besiktas manager following his departure from Lokomotiv Moscow last week.
The former Croatia international defender saw his contract terminated with the Russian side, but looks set to make an instant return to management with Super Lig side Besiktas reportedly offering him a two-year deal.
The Turkish club released a statement on the Istanbul Stock Exchange confirming their discussions with Bilic.
"We are in talks with Slaven Bilic for the Besiktas managerial role," the statement read.
The 44-year-old had a torrid time at Lokomotiv as he guided them to a ninth-placed finish in the Russian Premier League, the club's worst finish since 1991.
Besiktas officials, though, evidently still hold the former Croatia national team manager in high regard as director of football Onder Ozen and board member Ahmet Nur Cebi reportedly making the trip to Zagreb last week to discuss terms with Bilic.