Koren puts future on hold

Underdog tag does not offend Slovenia captain

Koren: Winning start for Slovenia

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Slovenia captain Robert Koren is putting his future on hold as he focuses on the World Cup.

As the midfielder prepares for Friday's match against the USA, he is without a club after he was released by West Brom at the end of the domestic season.

Koren helped the Baggies earn a return to the Premier League, but manager Roberto Di Matteo has since decided that financial resources could be better spent elsewhere.

The 29-year-old has been linked with Italian side Chievo, however, he claims he is not thinking about where he will be playing his club football in 2010/11.

"I will concentrate on my games at the World Cup, do my best for the team and our country and we will see what happens after that," he said.


"I don't think about West Brom now or any other clubs.

"I am thinking about Slovenia getting through the group stage and afterwards we will talk about my future."

Slovenia's hopes of reaching the knockout stages have been boosted by their opening win over Algeria, courtesy of a Koren goal, and the draw between England and the USA.

Matjaz Kek's minnows are still being written off in Group C, but Koren does not mind the underdog tag.

"It is not a problem in terms of motivation," he said. "When we came to the World Cup we said the next step we wanted to do was get through the group stage.

"We will go game-by-game and we are not thinking about anything else, we are just thinking about ourselves."