Del Bosque open to staying on

MADRID • Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has opened the door to staying on after Euro 2016, should the holders qualify as expected.

Del Bosque, who took over from the late Luis Aragones after Spain's Euro 2008 success, had previously suggested that he will step down after the competition in France, where La Roja will be chasing an unprecedented third straight continental title.

Spanish media have reported that the country's football federation president Angel Maria Villar is trying to persuade the 64-year-old to stay on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia and del Bosque appeared to leave that possibility open in an interview with Spanish radio yesterday.

"I think that in football matters you don't have to be very rigid," he told Cadena Cope.

Del Bosque is popular in Spain after leading the national team to a maiden World Cup victory in 2010 and a second consecutive European title two years later.

However, some felt that a fresh start was needed after Spain's fall at the group stage at last year's World Cup Finals in Brazil.

Spain can make sure of their place at Euro 2016 with a win against Group C minnows Luxembourg in Logrono today.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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