Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach's job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni.

But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. League title in 2010, admitted Friday that he would be happy if his name was on the JFA's shortlist.

"Officially I never spoke with anybody. These are just kind of rumors," Stojkovic told Kyodo News by telephone from Paris when asked if there was any truth to reports out of Serbia that he had been offered the Japan job.