Italy coach Roberto Mancini has been granted a contract extension until 2026, allowing him to remain in charge for the next two World Cups.
The Italian football federation’s announcement came three weeks before Italy faced Turkey in Rome to open the European Championship.
Mancini led Italy to 10 perfect wins in qualifying for the Euro. He was named in 2018 after the Azzurri failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup under the leadership of Gian Piero Ventura.
“It gives me a lot of satisfaction that people love the team that we have put together and I am optimistic for the future,” said Mancini.
“Next year we’ll have the Euros, the Nations League finals and the World Cup. The goal is to win – realizing that it won’t be easy and that it will also take a little luck. “
Italy will also host the Nations League Four final in October. The Azzurri will face Spain in one semi-final, with France facing Belgium in the other.
Mancini’s previous contract was due to expire after the 2022 World Cup.