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Del Bosque deal signed

Spain boss signed two-year contract extension before Euro 2012

ESPN staff

Vicente del Bosque led Spain to glory at the 2010 World Cup© Manuel Queimadelos/Getty Images

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has signed a new contract until 2014.

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The Spanish football federation had been keen to tie Del Bosque down to a new contract ahead of Euro 2012 but, though he confirmed he had verbally agreed a deal in April, he had not intended to sign a deal until after the tournament.

It is reported that he had been keen to await the outcome of this summer’s tournament before putting pen to paper, to allow for an exit should Spain underperform, but the federation met with Del Bosque in Gdansk earlier this month to convince him to commit his future. It has now been confirmed that the extension was signed prior to Spain’s opening game against Italy.

The 61-year-old, who led Spain to World Cup glory in 2010, is now contracted to the national team until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The majority of his backroom team will stay on, though assistant coach Paco Jimenez, who takes responsibility for scouting the opposition, is to retire.

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