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Fabio Capello To Remain In Russia, Says Federation President

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Gazetto dello Sport is reporting that while the coach's representatives were talking with the club, PSG's offer is considered unacceptable by the coach and the Russian federation are stressing that they want Capello to stay until 2018.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi (with Verratti) and Director of Sport Leonardo
Nasser Al-Khelaifi (with Verratti) and Director of Sport Leonardo
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The desires and wishes of several clubs and coaches and a national federation seem to be at play in the never-ending Real Madrid search for a coach. This information comes to us from Gazetto dello Sport via As.

There is Real Madrid, who want PSG's Carlo Ancelotti to come. And apparently he desires to come.

There is PSG who require a coach on contract for one year while they bide their time to make an offer for their actual target, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger.

And there is the Russian Federation. Russia have yet to qualify for Brazil, and will be hosting the World Cup in 2018. And having nabbed one of football's most successful coaches the Federation has no desire to let him leave. The Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko on the subject today:

I want Capello to stay on until 2018. I will talk to the (Football Union of Russia) president about it, we need to organize a system whereby Capello manages the entire national team set-up.

I spoke to him just yesterday to say happy birthday to him. I can confirm that Capello is interested in a long term collaboration with the Russian national team and has no intention of abandoning the coaching post.

It is certainly clear there is no incentive to allow the transfer unless Capello desires it.

And finally there is Fabio Capello himself and what he might like from a job. The coach has supposedly made it clear to PSG that he has no desire to become a replacement for a coach PSG are reluctant to lose only to become a stop-gap for another coach the club actually want to take over in a year.

It should be stressed that the Federation's current president (the minister for sport Mutko is merely the ex-Federation president) has not spoken up yet. Still, on this evidence the transfer of both coaches appears unlikely at present unless another solution is found or Capello is made another offer.