Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau declared that his future remains well and truly in charge of the Reds after a media report claimed he was wanted by Melbourne Heart's new owners.
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3 Apr 2014 - 11:12 AM  UPDATED 3 Apr 2014 - 12:52 PM

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While Adelaide football director has said he was not surprised that Gombau would attract interest from rival A-League clubs, the Spaniard was deflecting any talk of a possible move as he looks to extend his two-year contract.

"For me everything here in Adelaide is very good. I don't have reason to speak to any other club. Any other club has not approached me," Gombau said.

As a former youth coach at Barcelona, Gombau knows Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano and he admitted speaking with Man City's football director Txiki Begiristain, but said they were friends from time spent working together at Barcelona.

He said the Heart coaching job - which is now John Van't Schip's on a full-time basis for the next three years - wasn't discussed.

"Melbourne Heart has appointed John van't Schip for three more years and he deserves it because he is doing a very good job and they are playing good football," Gombau said.

"For me it is a little disrespectful to John to say that his club approached this coach or another coach."

After signing a relatively modest contract to join the Reds from Hong Kong's Kitchee FC, Gombau has transformed the team's playing style and is expected to be rewarded with an improved deal. Yet his focus remains on Adelaide's run-in towards the finals with at home game against Heart and a Round 27 trip to Newcastle Jets.

"The club is speaking with me about an extension and I am sure we will come to an agreement to stay here in Adelaide for a longer time but now is the time to concentrate on the team," Gombau said.

"We have two very important games still to play and then we hope also some games in the finals to finish as high on the table as possible."

Fourth-placed Adelaide can finish as high as second or miss out on the finals altogether but Gombau is relaxed about things and has praised the attitude of his players and his support staff.

"The players have been amazing. They have been working so hard all year from the beginning and now they can see the results are coming because of their efforts," Gombau said.

"Also the other coaches and staff everybody in the football department is doing their jobs well to help the team."