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Blatter keen to remain Fifa president

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LONDON — Sepp Blatter has “every intention” of running for a fifth term as the head of world football’s governing body, according to officials close to the Fifa president.

Blatter is described as feeling “invigorated” and “on a high” after an agreement by Fifa’s executive committee last week to publish further details of former chief investigator Michael to Garcia’s report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process.

Blatter must submit a formal nomination by the end of next month and the Fifa president was asked on Friday whether he would definitely run as a candidate.

“We will see on February 1 who are the candidates for the election,” he said.

“Probably you will see my name there because I’ve been asked by a lot of national associations to do so.

“But let me pass Christmas, or let’s say the fiestas at the end of the year and give me then the opportunity to say: ‘Yes, I will be present.’”

SkySports News understands Blatter feels his position as Fifa president has been “strengthened” following last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakesh.

— SkySports

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