Giovanni Trapattoni is ready to extend his contract as Ireland manager - if the FAI and the Green Army want him to stay on. The Italian's current deal expires at the end of the World Cup campaign, but Trap is willing to open talks on an extension after his side joined Italy on 10 points at the top of the Group Eight table following Wednesday's 2-1 win over Georgia. Impressed by Trapattoni's World Cup start, some FAI officials want to nail down a new deal before he takes his Ireland team to Italy in April. "I would be very proud if the FAI told me tomorrow that they would like to extend my contract," Trapattoni told Star Sunday after two Robbie Keane goals downed the Georgians. "But there are two conditions - first of all that I am appreciated and secondly that I am wanted. "If the FAI is happy and if the public opinion is happy then when it happens I will take it into consideration. "The first thing is the feedback I get on my work, if my work is going well then everything else will come. "At this particular moment I am very enthusiastic about what I am doing. I am happy with Ireland. "We really have the possibility of being successful and qualifying with this team and that is what I am focusing on." Trapattoni celebrates his 70th birthday next month but insisted age is not a barrier to another two years with Ireland. He added, "I am not presumptuous but I am fresh in the head, I don't feel like an old man yet. "With all the experience I have in football this job gratifies me because I feel like I am doing something positive." Ireland had to work hard for their 2-1 over Georgia last Wednesday after conceding a goal inside the first 47 seconds. They were then awarded a dubious second half penalty, converted by Keane who went on to add a second in the 76th minute to seal the win. Irish captain Keane told RTE Sport, "We started off a bit sloppy conceding in the first minute of the game. It's never easy conceding goals like that, you're always chasing. Lucky enough for us, we kept going, we kept working hard and we got our rewards in the end. The most important thing is the three points. "I think overall we deserved to win the game. We kept putting pressure on them, the crowd was pushing us along which always helped. We'll look at the mistakes we made but we'll enjoy this victory." Trapattoni has also admitted that Stephen Ireland would make his team but has set a deadline for the Manchester City midfielder to return. "We have discussed the Stephen Ireland situation before and we will see what happens. Maybe he will say 'I wish to come back.' Then we will consider," said Trapattoni. "But if we qualify with this group of players, I do not think he can then say at the last minute that he is making himself available." Ireland are back in the world's top 30 for the first time in three years with a move up to 29th in the latest FIFA rankings. Exiled Sunderland midfielder Andy Reid, meanwhile, has admitted that he is desperate to return for next month's World Cup double header against Bulgaria and Italy. "I would love to be involved with the Ireland team again," said Reid, frozen out since his late night dispute with Trapattoni in Germany last September. "I watched the game against Georgia on television on Wednesday night and it was hard to watch it. I would love to be involved and I am always available to play for Ireland. "Anytime they want me to play they know where I am. I'm always available. If they pick me I will do everything I can for the green shirt because I always give my all for Ireland."
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