The Red Devils will start the World Cup on Wednesday under the leadership of Roberto Martinez (49). The Spaniard has been national coach with Belgium since 2016, but his contract expires at the end of this year. The Belgian football association seems to be aiming for a contract extension, but according to Martinez’s lawyer, the RBFA is delaying too long.
At Het Nieuwsblad, lawyer Jesse De Preter reacted sharply to Roberto Martinez’s contract situation.
In recent weeks, it has been leaked that the Belgian Football Association wished to extend Martinez’s contract before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, but there is no white smoke.
And that does not make De Preter happy, he confirms to our editors. “Roberto’s contract expires after the World Cup,” the Spaniard’s lawyer emphasizes again.
“But Roberto is also technical director and runs projects in that area that do not stop after the World Cup and in which people of international top level participate.”
“Those people come just because Roberto is the driving force behind all this. But that contract also expires after the World Cup.”
“We are not asking for a contract at all”
At La Dernière Heure, KBVB CEO Peter Bossaert responds: “We will discuss the contract issue after the World Cup. Now our focus is on the World Cup.”
De Preter formulates 2 objections to us. “We are not asking for a contract at all.”
“And if one wants to continue working after the World Cup, then that is a rather unusual way to continue a very successful collaboration of 6 years.”
“You usually don’t wait until after the end of the contract for that.”