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Capello denies quitting his Russian job

Arshavin is a creative footballer but it's not enough for the success in modern football, says Russia coach Fabio Capello

AFP, Monday 15 Jul 2013
Fabio Capello
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Russia coach Fabio Capello dismissed rumors about his possible resignation from the post, saying he was happy to work in Russia, Soviet Sport daily reported on Monday.

"When a coach achieves some success in his profession it's natural that serious clubs show their interest in his services," the newspaper quoted the 67-year-old coach as saying.

"However, I can say that I love Russia and I'm completely happy to work here."

Capello stressed the importance of the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland, saying that the success in this match may become a key factor for Russia's success in the qualifying campaign.

"Definitely it will be one of the most important games in this qualifying cycle," the coach said of the match, due to be played on August 14.

"And the positive result in Belfast will be vital for our overall success. But even after it we should never lose concentration and relax."

The coach also said that former Russia captain Andrei Arshavin, who fell out of the the team's line-up after a rocky stint at English Premiership giants Arsenal, will have to work really hard to win back a place.

"Arshavin is a creative footballer but it's not enough for the success in modern football," the former England manager said.

"He should be ready to run and battle for the ball for the team's sake throughout the match.

"Now everything depends on Andrei (Arshavin) himself. If he shows physical readiness and an ability to sacrifice himself for the team he will receive a call-up from the national side."

Capello reportedly received an offer over the summer to join French champions Paris Saint-Germain but negotiations broke down over the small print.

Russia's football bosses are desperate to hold on to Capello to provide a springboard for success for the traditionally underperforming national team when the country hosts the 2018 World Cup.

Russia are currently second in the 2014 World Cup qualifying Group F with 12 points from five matches, two points behind the leaders Portugal, who have already played seven matches.

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