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Page last updated at 20:08 GMT, Wednesday, 4 June 2008 21:08 UK

Donadoni pens new Italy contract

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni
Italy face Romania, France and Holland in Group C at Euro 2008

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has signed a new two-year contract which will see him take charge of the World Champions until the 2010 World Cup.

An escape clause has been written into the deal should Italy perform badly at Euro 2008, where they have been drawn in the so-called "Group of Death".

Talks on Donadoni's contract, which was due to expire in July, were to take place after the tournament.

But constant media speculation prompted negotiations to be brought forward.

The former AC Milan player had agreed to a new deal on 20 May but took time to sign the contract.

Italy play the Netherlands in their Group C opener on Monday 9 June and then face Romania (13 June) and France (17 June).

see also
Italy team guide
15 May 08 |  Italy
Italy stats and form guide
27 May 08 |  Italy
Pick your Italy XI
23 May 08 |  Italy

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