Capello to commit future to England

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Italian sources close to Capello and within the Football Association have disclosed that a high level meeting will take place on Tuesday, ahead of England's departure for South Africa, to cement the contractual details of a deal to tie Capello to the England team until after the next European Championships.

The FA instigated a wholesale restructuring of the England set-up on Sunday, reportedly in order to appease Capello ahead of crunch talks, with the newly formed Club England organisation charged with handling issues surrounding the national team.

Contrary to some reports suggesting that the restructuring was hastily re-arranged, the new format of the England set-up has been in the pipeline for the past 18 months, with the FA aiming for the national team to be run like a football club, with the manager fully aware of the structure.

The FA are certainly hopeful that manager will continue to be Capello, according to Club England chairman Sir Dave Richards. "Fabio Capello is fine. He is fully focused on trying to win the World Cup," Richards told Soccernet. "We want him to stay - absolutely."

There has been a media frenzy in England and Italy, amid speculation that Capello will be lured away by Inter to replace the departed Jose Mourinho, with some reports suggesting that secret talks have already taken place with Capello's advisors.

But sources close to the Capello camp said: "There have been no talks with Inter. That is a lie. There is a strong feeling that Fabio wants to stay and the FA want him to stay. In all probability he will stay.

"It will all become clear by June 2. Fabio wants to stay, and we shall ascertain whether the new people running the England team want him to stay.

"The plan is to resolve the situation ahead of the England party leaving for South Africa so a meeting is being arranged for Tuesday, when we shall all have everything in perspective."

Capello has two clauses in his contract that are up for review in Tuesday's meeting, with both the Italian and the FA happy to remove them.

One states that Capello can be sacked for a set compensation figure after the World Cup, while the other allows the former Juventus and Real Madrid boss to enter into discussions with other parties.

An FA source told Soccernet: "It was agreed a month ago to cancel the two clauses in the contract to end all doubts about Fabio staying until 2012. Sir Dave Richards was present with Lord Triesman, and now he is chairman of the newly formed Club England and a meeting with him is the next stage.

And a source close to Capello added: "Fabio likes the personal relationships; he had that with Lord Triesman, and he does know Sir Dave and Adrian Bevington - who has been appointed managing director of Club England, and that is very important to him.

"Fabio shook hands with Lord Triesman, and he wanted to make sure that the FA did not want to fire him. The FA agreed to remove the clause whereby they have the ability to sack the manager, with a set compensation figure, after the World cup. That they agreed to do.

"We shall be meeting up tomorrow (Tuesday) and hopefully resolve the entire situation."

Although the removal of the clauses was agreed a month ago, Capello's lawyers have been concerned with both the fall in the value of the euro - as the Italian coach is paid in euros - and also the increase in taxation in England since the original contract was signed.

These two points still need to be clarified, but there is now a momentum to fast track them through the lawyers so the new contract can be signed immediately.
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