Capello extends Russia stay

Moscow, Russia ( - Fabio Capello has committed his future to the Russia national team until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it was announced Friday.

"I am grateful to the president of the RFU and to the Russian minister of sport for their confidence in me," Capello said in a statement. "I am very pleased to continue working with Russia. We have big plans and I will do everything I can to ensure the Russian fans are happy."

Having signed a two-year contract with the Russian national team in 2012, it was widely expected that Capello, who has found great success at AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid, would return to manage in club football. But the Italian tactician has put those rumors to bed, opting to stay with Russia for the World Cup on home soil.