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After leading the country to the final of Euro 2012, the coach has given his squad a pre-World Cup boost by signing a new deal

Cesare Prandelli has provided Italy with a pre-World Cup boost by signing a two-year contract extension to remain as Azzurri coach.

The 56-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire over the summer and his decision to stay will provide clarity for players and the FIGC as the build-up to Brazil continues.

Prandelli has been in charge since 2010, guiding Italy to the Euro 2012 final two years ago then easing them through World Cup qualifying.

Reports suggested he was considering a return to club management but he has had a change of heart and confirmed over the weekend that he was intending to stick with the national set-up until at least the end of Euro 2016.

"At this moment I feel a great satisfaction," Prandelli told ANSA on Saturday.

"I'm proud of the fact that the Italian Football Association has proposed a two-year renewal to me, regardless of the outcome of the World Cup.

"For this reason I have given my full availability."

This summer Prandelli will be hoping to replicate Italy's efforts eight years ago, when they were surprise winners of the 2006 tournament in Germany under Marcello Lippi's guidance.

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