Roberto Martinez signs Belgium contract extension to 2022


Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has signed a two-year contract extension through to the 2022 World Cup.

The 46-year-old former Everton manager took over as head coach of the Belgian national side in 2016 and guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Martinez’s previous deal was due to expire this summer after Euro 2020, which has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager will now remain in charge of Belgium for next summer’s tournament as well as the World Cup in Qatar the following year.

“Because of the Euro 2020 postponement we could not possibly end our collaboration already now,” Martinez said, in a statement released by Belgium.

“The RBFA has an ambitious plan that I look forward to with great enthusiasm, both in the short and long term.

The Spaniard will also remain in his separate role as technical director for the next two years.

Martinez kicked off his coaching career with Swansea in 2007 before moving on to Wigan in 2009. He then coached Everton before signing up with Belgium in 2016, taking over from Marc Wilmots.

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