Sepp Blatter has critically underlined his resolve to stand for a fifth term as Fifa president in 2015.
The 78-year-old, who became the eighth president of world football’s governing body on 8 June 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2007 and unopposed in 2011, told Swiss television agency RTS he “has the drive” to continue as Fifa president.
“Of course I want to continue. I have the drive to continue,” said Blatter.
Blatter confirmed he will run again last week, which the Fifa denied.
“The path to the throne is not yet open,” Blatter added. “There are lot of people who would like to take this position but they realise it is not a bed of roses.”
Fifa vice president Jeffrey Webb and former deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne have been tipped as successors to the Swiss, but both have said they would stand in the opposition should the current incumbent stand for next year’s election.
He also appeared to dismiss the possibility that president of the European football governing body, Michel Platini, could revive a bid for the position, saying the Frenchman “is a man with a very deep character, he wouldn’t do it.”
Platini was very much favoured to succeed his close friend, Blatter, until he opted against running in 2011.
The next Fifa election holds in Zurich in June 2015.