De La Fuente's Spain contract extended until 2026 World Cup

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced the renewal of men's national team manager Luis de la Fuente's contract until 2026 on Thursday.

De La Fuente's previous deal with Spain was due to expire this summer but the RFEF activated a renewal clause in his contract to extend his stay.

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The new contract will see De La Fuente, 62, guide La Roja beyond this summer's European Championship to the end of the 2026 World Cup.

An RFEF statement said: "The Management Commission considers the renewal of De La Fuente is a necessary step for the national team and for the institution that directs football in Spain, by providing stability to the national team in preparation for the European Championship, which will begin in June."

Under De La Fuente, Spain's Olympic team won silver at the 2022 Games in Tokyo.

He replaced Luis Enrique as head coach in December 2022 following Spain's round-of-16 elimination from the World Cup.

The former Alavés coach guided Spain to the UEFA Nations League title last year after beating Croatia in a penalty shootout.

Spain have qualified for Euro 2024 that will be staged in Germany this summer, and were drawn into Group B alongside Italy, Croatia and Albania.