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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Stuttgart reward Labbadia with new deal

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

VfB Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia has extended his stay at the club for a further two years.

After lengthy negotiations, Stuttgart announced on Wednesday that Labbadia, who took over the job in December 2010, will remain at the club until 2015, along with his assistant Eddy Sozer.

The former Bayern Munich striker has been rewarded for guiding the side to the latter stages of both the Europa League and DFB Pokal this season.

"Bruno Labbadia has done a great job in his two years since his arrival," Stuttgart president Gerd E. Mauser said. "He took over the team in a difficult situation, has improved it ever since and qualified for the Europa League last season."

General manager Fredi Bobic added: "We are pleased to have succeeded in prolonging the contracts of Bruno Labbadia and assistant coach Eddy Sozer for two years. They have our trust, as we know that they have not reached the end of their goals yet and will continue to work hard for the success of the club."

Labbadia considered quitting the Stuttgart job earlier this season, but is now sure he made the correct decision to remain at the club.

"I am delighted about the contract extension," he said. "Since joining we have trodden the path without compromise. This path is nowhere near an end. Just like during the second half of last season, we want to excite our fans with our team. I am ready for this and I look forward to the future."

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