In a big week in sport for Russia, Fabio Capello has committed to coaching their national football team until the end of the 2018 World Cup.
In a statement published on the Russian Football Union’s official website on Friday, Capello said: “I am grateful to the president of the RFU and to the Russian minister of sport for their confidence in me. I am very pleased to continue working with Russia. We have big plans and I will do everything I can to ensure the Russian fans are happy.”
The Italian has held the position since July 2012 and saw the team through the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, to finish top of Group F, one point ahead of Portugal.
Former England manager Capello will then coach Russia through Euro 2016 in France, before focussing on the 2018 World Cup finals.
Russia will host the 2018 competition, and so automatically qualify for it.
Capello’s two-year contract was drawing to an end leading to speculation that he may move elsewhere.
The Russian Football Union is said to be “pleased” with his decision to stay.
“We are pleased that such a highly qualified coach, Fabio Capello, will continue to work in Russian football,” said RFU president, Nikolai Tolstoy.
“The document stipulates that Fabio Capello will oversee the institution of all national Russian football teams and he will be assisted by Russian specialists at the headquarters of the national team.”