Italy coach Roberto Mancini was extended with a contract until 2026 on Monday, which allowed him to remain at the helm of the Azzurri for the next two World Cups.
The announcement from the Italian Football Federation came three weeks before Italy played Turkey in Rome for the opening of the European Championship.
Mancini led Italy to a perfect 10 wins in the Euro qualifiers. He was appointed in 2018 after the Azzurri failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup under Gian Piero Ventura.
“I am very pleased that people like the line-up we have put together and I am optimistic about the future,” said Mancini.
“Next year we will have the euro, the finals of the League of Nations and the World Cup. The goal is to win – while realizing that it will not be easy and that it will require a little luck.
“Italy will also host the League of Nations final in October.
The Azzurri face Spain in one semi-final and France play Belgium in the other semi-final.
Mancini’s previous contract was to expire after the 2022 World Cup.