Italian coach Capello denies coming to Russia for money

The new head coach of the Russian national football team, Fabio Capello, has said that before signing a contract with the Russian Football Union (RFS) he had more financially attractive job offers.

"If money was my only motive, I would not have been here, I would have been elsewhere, I had much more lucrative job offers. I am in Russia because I like your country. And I will not hide it: I left England with a real feeling of unfinished business. I was like a housewife who spent a lot of time cooking something original, but never got a chance to try it," the Italian said.

"I said once that I will stop coaching after the Euro 2012 but I did not make it there. There was some dot-dot-dot left at the end of my carrier and now I want to win something with the Russian team to replace it with an exclamatory mark. There were many challenges in my life, and this is one of them. The real challenge is one that excites," the coach said.

I was first offered to coach Russia on July 11, he said. "I was on holiday and flew in to Rome for a few days to attend a congress when I got a call and was asked whether I could fly to Moscow to talk precisely on this topic. If I am not mistaken, it was July 11 on the calendar. The call was on behalf of Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko and RFS Acting President Nikita Simonyan," Capello said.

Capello, who was officially introduced as the head coach of the Russian national football team a day earlier, is mainly experienced in working as club manager. He coached only one national team - England, which reached with him the round of 16 in the 2010 world football cup and later the Euro 2012 final tournament. In February 2012 the Italian quit the team over a scandal, in which the Football Association (FA) stripped John Terry of England captaincy over racism allegations. The Italian disagreed with the move and resigned.

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