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Capello extends deal as Russia head coach

HEAD COACH Fabio Capello has committed his future to the Russian national team until the end of the 2018 World Cup.

The 67-year-old Italian (right) replaced Dick Advocaat in the role in July 2012 and supervised qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals as Russia finished top of Group F, one point ahead of Portugal.

Russia will host the summer finals in four years' time and, with the country therefore qualifying automatically, former England manager Capello will be able to start planning for the World Cup once the 2016 European Championships in France are over.

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."

Having signed a two-year contract in 2012, there were reports that Capello - who coached with great success at AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid - could be tempted into making a return to club management following the Brazil finals.

He was linked with the vacancy at Tottenham following the December sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, but caretaker boss Tim Sherwood was duly handed the role on a permanent basis to end speculation.