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Garcia contract talks on hold

Roma coach Rudi Garcia is happy to postpone new contract talks until the end of the season.

The Frenchman joined Roma last summer from Lille and is under contract for a further campaign with the Serie A outfit.

Roma are eager to tie the 50-year-old tactician to a long-term contract, with Garcia having made a huge impact in his first year coaching in Serie A.

"I've said it already, I am very happy here (in Rome)," Garcia said to Sky Italia.

"I have decided alongside Roma executives to speak to the club at the end of the season and not before."

Roma, who missed out on European football last season after a disappointing seventh-place finish, are still alive in the scudetto race.

The Giallorossi are second in the standings, eight points behind league leaders Juventus with five games remaining.

They are also unbeaten at home and have won 24 and lost just two of their 33 games so far.

"We are having a record campaign and so are Juve," Garcia said.

"We want the best and so do Juve.

"The only thing we can do is to continue to work hard and see what happens at the end."

Garcia insists that even if Roma fail to beat Juve to the league title, the season will be considered a success.

"The most important victory for me has been to have put a smile back on our fans' faces," Garcia said.

"They are delighted and proud of their team.

"This is the merit of everyone involved. The atmosphere at the Stadio Olimpico has been fantastic.

"The fusion and unity between the players and the fans is what truly gives me the biggest satisfaction."

Roma travel to fourth-placed Fiorentina on Saturday.