Fabio Capello is another step towards becoming the new head coach of the Russian national football squad after agreeing the terms of the personal contract with the RFU.
“Yes, the contract is agreed,” Nikita Simonyan, Russian Football Union’s acting president, told Sovetsky Sport newspaper. “The only thing lacking is the signature.”
A few hours later, the RFU issued a statement with more details on the situation.
“At the moment, an official agreement with Capello hasn’t been signed,” it said. “The representatives of the parties are discussing the final details of the contract. But, in principal, the agreement with the Italian has been reached and de facto he already became the Russian coach. In the nearest future, Capello will arrive in Moscow to begin executing his duties at the national team.”
“After are all the formalities are settled Fabio Capello will officially sign a contract with the RFU,” the statement concluded.
The date of the media conference dedicated to the signing ceremony and the presentation of the new coach is to be announced in the coming days.
According to some reports, the 66-year-old is to become the highest paid coach in the world, with an annual salary of $12 million.
While other sources claim the Italian will only get $6 million annually – less than his predecessor Dick Advocaat, who left Russia after failure at Euro 2012.
Capello has won five Serie A titles with AC Milan and Roma as well as two Spanish crowns and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.
The coach is currently jobless, as he left the English national team after the country’s Football Association stripped John Terry of the captaincy against his wishes in February.
Russia chose Capello from the list of 13 local and foreign coaches, which was revealed earlier this month and included the likes of Pep Guardiola, Harry Redknapp and Rafael Benitez.
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