The Italian coach Roberto Mancini has signed a contract extension with the Italian national team. As a result of this contract extension, he will remain with the national team until 2026. Gabriele Gravina, president of FIGC (Italian Football Federation) made the announcement. The head coach’s contract extension was made official after the Federal Council meeting on Monday.
Gravina confirmed that the FIGC has been working on the contract extension for some time, as they feel that Mancini can help achieve long-term goals with the national team. Meanwhile, Mancini is also happy to extend his contract and remains optimistic about the future goals of the Italian team.
After Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, FIGC appointed Mancini as manager of Italy. Mancini has been successful at the club level for Manchester City and Inter Milan in the past. He also had an automatic renewal in his contract clause if Italy successfully qualifies for Euro 2020.
Since the beginning of his adventure with Azzurri, Mancini has rejuvenated an Italian team that had suffered a great disappointment after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia. The national team enjoyed a great qualifying campaign for the European Championship and also advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League; Italy also started their world cup qualifying campaign with three wins from three matches. UEFA also announced that teams will be able to select a 26 players squad instead of the usual 23 for Euros 2020 in summer. Italy is likely to be left without Marco Veratti after the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was ruled out for six weeks due to injury.
At the UEFA European Championship, Italy together with Turkey, Wales and Switzerland are in Group A. They will host Turkey in the opening match of the tournament in Rome. Euros 2020 will be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries.