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Agent Juan Carlos Padilla believes Sven Goran Eriksson will accept an offer to coach Mexico.

City chief linked with return to international management

A prominent South American football agent has claimed Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is close to accepting an offer from the Mexican FA to coach the national side. Agent Juan Carlos Padilla believes the Swedish tactician has already concurred on a two-year deal with Mexico, having accepted his tenure at Eastlands is drawing to a close. Eriksson has also been linked with the Chelsea post vacated by Avram Grant but Padilla is firmly of the opinion that a return to international management is in the offing. "We already know what the Mexican FA are looking for - we'll accept their terms if they call us again," Padilla told Mexican newspaper La Jornada from Manchester. "If the Mexican FA decide to take him, he will be their coach and the Mexican national team will be his number one choice. "It's a contract up to and including the next World Cup, after that we'll see what happens. But for the moment it's a two-year contract."

Universal language

Padilla rubbished suggestions that Eriksson, who has managed in Italy and Portugal, would have trouble adapting to life in Central America. "Eriksson speaks five languages. He speaks Portuguese, Italian, English, Swedish and German," he said. "So if you take Portuguese and Italian, put them together and exert a bit of effort, you can speak Spanish in two months. So there'll be no language barrier. He added: "He wants to have many Mexicans involved, such as team doctors, physios, etc. "He knows he has to adapt to the culture, not that it has to adapt to him." Padilla claims the famously calm Swede is excited about taking on the role, and has already shown an admiration for Mexican football. "Eriksson is very excited," he insisted. "He knows a lot of the (Mexican) players there (in Europe), in fact there has been talk of Manchester City's interest in two Mexican players whose names I can't give."

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