Russia want Capello to stay for 2018 World Cup

Updated: Aug 02, 2013, 20:08 PM IST

Moscow: Russian Football Union (RFU) chief Nikolai Tolstykh wants Fabio Capello to remain as national team coach for the 2018 World Cup on Russian soil.

"Capello has repeatedly said that he`s happy with his job in Russia and the conditions that the RFU created for him here," Russian daily Sport Express quoted Tolstykh as saying in Friday`s issue.

"The RFU value Capello`s professional skills and his personal qualities of character highly.

"We`re happy with the results that the country`s national team show under his coaching. The RFU is very interested in further co-operation with Capello."

Last month the 67-year-old Italian manager dismissed rumours about his possible resignation after reportedly receiving an offer to replace Carlo Ancelotti at French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

"When a coach achieves some success in his profession it`s natural that serious clubs show their interest in his services," Capello said last month.

"However, I can say that I love Russia and I`m completely happy to work here."

Russia are lying second in 2014 World Cup qualifying Group F with 12 points from five matches, two points behind leaders Portugal, who have already played seven matches.

Russia face hosts Northern Ireland on August 14 in a qualifier held over March because of heavy snow in Belfast in March.