BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Facing criticism does not stop Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann from thinking he might extend his contract after the World Cup.
'It is a possibility that I might remain the national coach after the World Cup,' the former Germany striker told Thursday's issue of soccer magazine Kicker.
Klinsmann, under scrutiny for a 4-1 friendly defeat by Italy last week, was scolded by Franz Beckenbauer for returning home to California instead of attending a World Cup workshop.
'I knew exactly what the workshop was about and we took this decision (to send assistant coach Joachim Loew),' Klinsmann said of his absence from the meetings in Duesseldorf on Monday and Tuesday.
'We can live with the consequences.'
Since taking the top job in August 2004, Klinsmann has been commuting between his native Germany and his home in southern California.
'Since the Bundesliga restarted after the winter break I spent three weeks out five in Germany,' Klinsmann told Kicker. 'This is not a schedule I have to apologise for.'
DFB vice-president Hans-Georg Moldenhauer said that where Klinsmann lives would play a role if he were to be offered a new contract after the June 9-July 9 finals in Germany.
'I still believe that it works perfectly,' Klinsmann said of his controversial decision to keep living in the United States.
'Whether I remain in charge will depend on whether we are successful at the World Cup, not on where I live.'