Jorge Luis Pinto, the Colombian football manager who led Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has confirmed that he has been in contact with the Korea Football Association to manage the Korean national football team.
In an interview with Peruvian TV channel ATV in Bogota, on Tuesday, Pinto (62) said that it is true that he has been asked by both Korea and Peru to lead their national teams, but declined to comment on the details citing ongoing negotiations.
Pinto is reportedly being wooed by Bahrain and Ecuador too, but local paper La Republica reported that Pinto is deciding between Korea and Peru.
In the interview with ATV, Pinto expressed special attachment to Peru. "I always get excited when talking about Peru. It was Peru where my first job outside of Colombia started in 1997, and it was Peru that extended their hand first when I left the Colombian national team in 2008. It was a country that opened doors for me always," he said.
At the request of the interviewer, Pinto held up the uniform of the Peruvian national team at the end of the interview.
The KFA first met with Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk in early August, but negotiations fell through due to irreconcilable differences over taxes and residency requirement.
Lee Yong-soo, the head of the association's technical committee, then said that he would contact a few other candidates at once.
A KFA official said, "Lee is doing all the work of contacting candidates, so we don't know who he met with."