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Contract talks

Capello on brink of new England deal

June 1, 2010
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

The FA is confident that Inter Milan target Fabio Capello will sign a new contract with England in the next 24 hours.

Fabio Capello
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As Soccernet reported on Monday, Capello was ready to commit to England until 2012 despite the hysteria that he would walk out and head back to Italy as Jose Mourinho's replacement.

Now the FA awaits the arrival of Capello's agent and son, Pierfillipo, from Milan to finalise the revised new contract that will fully commit Capello to the FA until after the European Championships.

A Club England insider told Soccernet on Tuesday morning: "It is really a question of crossing the i's and dotting the t's. Fabio is happy, so we are happy.

"The agreement is virtually done and there is no reason why the contract couldn't be signed off very quickly once everyone is together. It is important that everyone departs for the World Cup in the right frame of mind and that is what we are working toward."

Although a qualified lawyer himself, Pierfillipo Capello will be accompanied by a lawyer when he travels from his Milan offices to London to finalise the removal of the two clauses from the present contract that put such a doubt over the England manager's future.

The FA had the option to sack Capello after the World Cup with a fixed compensation, while Capello had a window of opportunity to talk to other potential employers.

Soccernet can reveal that it was Capello as much as the FA who wanted the issue sorted out prior to the World Cup finals.

A member of Capello's camp told Soccernet: "Capello told the FA that if they were thinking of firing him after the World Cup, he would need to know this now rather than then. If he was to think about a new position, it would need to be sorted out earlier rather than when he returned from the finals and the top positions were filled."

The FA told him that they wanted him to continue and it was agreed to drop the two clauses on both sides, and Fabio shook hands with the then chairman Lord Triesman.

"Fabio wanted to speak to the new people in change, and he has done that, so now everybody is extremely relaxed about Fabio's future with the FA," the source said.

The whole issue has been fast-tracked to ensure that Capello departs for South Africa with the England squad free of any contractual distractions and speculation about his future once the World Cup is over.