Westwood: Contract talks still ongoing

"There's only four days left in the contract, so we'll announce our decision soon," Westwood said, in an event held to celebrate BFC's I-League and the AFC Cup success

Bengaluru FC (BFC) coach Ashley Westwood has stated that he is involved in talks with the club, and that an official decision regarding his future at the club will be made in a few days.

Westwood's contract with BFC expires at the end of this month.

"We're still talking, so let's see what happens. In the world of football, things don't always happen the way you want it to. I'm old and wise enough to understand this. There's only four days left in the contract, so we'll announce our decision soon," Westwood said, in an event held to celebrate BFC's I-League and the AFC Cup success at the PUMA Social Club here on Friday.

"The contract negotiations are not about the finances. Both me and the club have to get on the same page. In the end, the club must move forward - that's of paramount importance. I'm thankful that we have been successful after I've arrived. I've done my job properly," the Englishman said.

The BFC team management is faced with another task - ensuring the availability of its players for upcoming AFC Cup fixtures. The club has entered the quarterfinal stage of this prestigious tournament, which is scheduled to be held in September. This, however, clashes with Indian Super League (ISL) commitments. BFC is hopeful that it will be able to secure the services of its key players through successful negotiations with ISL teams.

"We don't know what to expect - that's the truth. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. As a club, we're good at finding ways to overcome problems. In the past, we've missed players through injuries, suspensions and national duties, but the club has always found a way to succeed," Westwood said, when asked about the possibility of losing personnel to the ISL.

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