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Capello in Moscow to sign Russia deal

Published time: July 20, 2012 16:14
Edited time: July 20, 2012 21:43
Fabio Capello (AFP Photo / Ian Kington)

Fabio Capello (AFP Photo / Ian Kington)

Italian coach, Fabio Capello, has arrived in Moscow of Friday to sign a contract with Russia and begin his new duties in the national squad on Saturday.

­According to Russian Football Union’s acting president, Nikita Simonyan, Capello will stay in the country for the weekend.

Together with his assistant, Andrey Talalaev, the Italian plans to visit several games in Moscow and St Petersburg on the opening match day of the Russian Premier League.

On Thursday, the Russian Football Union announced the terms of the personal contract with Capello, and have been agreed the 66-year-old has de facto became the national team’s coach.  

The signing of an official deal and the presentation of the new manger are expected within the coming day.

There’s less than a month left before Team Russia’s next game as they take on Ivory Coast in a friendly in Moscow on August 15.

Media reports claim, the two-year contract with the RFU will bring Capello anything from $6 to 12 million annually.

The legendary manager has won five Serie A titles with AC Milan and Roma (the two championships he bagged with Juventus were annulled after a match-fixing scandal) as well as two Spanish crowns and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.  

The Italian has been jobless since he parted ways with England after the Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy against his wishes this February.

Russia’s previous coach, Dick Advocaat, left the team after they failed to progress to the Euro 2012 quarterfinals in June.