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MOSCOW, April 21 (R-Sport, Vasily Konov, David Nowak, James Ellingworth) - Renowned football coach Fabio Capello plans to retire after leading Russia at their home World Cup in 2018, he told R-Sport in an interview on Monday.
Capello took charge of Russia in 2012 and signed a four-year contract extension in January taking him through to the World Cup in 2018, when he will be 71 years old.
“I already said, guys, stop please,” Capello said, speaking English.
Asked if that meant that he'd retire, the Italian replied: "Yeah, yeah, absolutely, yes. Like Sir Alex," he added, referring to Ferguson, the the Manchester United coach who retired last season.
“He was 72, I will be 71. One year less.”
Capello won four Italian Serie A titles as a player for Juventus and AC Milan in the 1970s and a further five as a manager with Milan and AS Roma, as well as two with Juventus that were later stripped from the Turin club over a corruption scandal.
He won the Champions League with Milan in 1994 and two Spanish league titles with Real Madrid before venturing into international management with England in 2007.
Capello guided England to a second-round exit at the 2010 World Cup and resigned as coach two years later after arguing with the Football Association over the selection of John Terry as team captain.
Russia are in Group H for the June 12-July 13 World Cup, where they face South Korea, Belgium and Algeria in search of a place in the knockout stage. Capello chose the Sao Paulo-region city of Itu as the Russian team base.
Russia will qualify automatically for the 2018 World Cup as hosts.