Joachim Low is to stay on Germany’s manager despite their shock group stage exit from the World Cup.
There had been intense speculation that Low might be replaced – and possibly move to the Premier league.
But German FA (DFB) bosses have decided to keep faith with Low, who took the country to World Cup glory four years ago, and clearly see him as the best person to rebuild the squad.
Low is understood to have given a verbal commitment to see out the new contract he signed before the World Cup, which extended his stay in the role until 2022.
“I feel, in spite of the legitimate criticism of our departure, generally much support and encouragement,” said Low.
“But now I want to design the rebuilding with full commitment. It all takes time, but everything will happen in time for the start of the new international season in September.”