World Cup news

Vicente Del Bosque hoping to stay on

October 16, 2013
By ESPN staff

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is hoping to extend his contract with the national team after La Roja sealed World Cup qualification with a 2-0 win over Georgia on Tuesday.

Goals to Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata in either half ensured Spain finished top of Group I, three points clear of second-placed France.

Del Bosque's contract is due to expire at the end of next year's tournament in Brazil, but the 62-year-old could be granted a new deal which will see him through to Euro 2016.

The former Real Madrid boss, who has led Spain to European Championship and World Cup glory, has no plans to turn down any potential offer from the Spanish Federation.

"I will renew as long as the Federation want me," he said. "It will be time to discuss the matter soon.

"It was very important we won tonight and I am pleased that we did exactly that. We have to be happy. Georgia were hard opponents, but so were Finland and France. I think we accomplished all of the goals we set ourselves at the start of this qualification."

Spain winger Jesus Navas, who was a clear standout against Georgia, was pleased with his side's composure in Albacete.

"Georgia were a complicated opponent," he said. "But we remained calm and I think we deserved the win. We came out with a very good attitude. We knew it was important to get to the World Cup."


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