However, Slaven Bilic has been quick to play down this speculation.
“I really do not know why I’m being linked with them,” he told Sportske Novosti. “I guess rumours like that are just part of this sport.”
“I played there, now I’m a manager and it is not the first time that people are talking about me. They did that even when I was the Croatia manager.
“But the reality is that I’m just thinking about Besiktas and the work I’m doing there. I’m spending all my energy for Besiktas.”