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Spain coach Lopetegui extends contract to 2020

AFP  |  Madrid 

Lopetegui has extended his contract until 2020 in a pre-boost for one of the tournament favourites.

"We are going to sign a contract for two additional years," said the of the (RFEF),

It is a clear sign of confidence from the Spanish federation in the 51-year-old former as he goes into his first major tournament in charge of the side.

"It was very simple because we have immense admiration and respect for and all his team," added Rubiales.

"He is the best person to lead the national team." The new deal takes Lopetegui through to the next European Championships, which will be held across the continent in 2020. The contract renewal comes a day after Lopetegui announced his 23-man squad for

Lopetegui was appointed to the role in the wake of Spain's poor showing at Euro 2016 in France, when they were eliminated in the last 16.

He succeeded Vicente del Bosque, who had overseen Spain's triumphs at and Euro 2012 but had also been in charge for the disappointing group stage exit at in

La Roja cruised through qualifying for this year's World Cup in Russia, with nine wins and a draw in 10 games, scoring 36 goals and conceding three.

Indeed, are still unbeaten under the Basque after 18 matches including friendlies. will face Portugal, and in Group B at the World Cup, beginning their campaign against their Iberian neighbours in Sochi on June 15.

Chelsea forward was a notable omission from the squad named on Monday.

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First Published: Tue, May 22 2018. 18:40 IST