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Rudi Garcia and Roma Agree to Extension: Latest Contract Details and Analysis

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  AS Roma head coach Rudi Garcia gestures during the TIM Cup match between AS Roma and UC Sampdoria at Olimpico Stadium on January 9, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

Roma and manager Rudi Garcia have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension after the club finished second in Serie A.

The Giallorossi confirmed the new deal on their official site. The announcement included comments from president James Pallotta, who believes the 50-year-old boss can lead the side for many years to come:

I am pleased to announce that Rudi Garcia and Roma have agreed to a three year extension beyond his original contract. As I have said many times in the past, after I spent the first thirty minutes with Rudi in NYC last year, I knew he would be the right choice to lead Roma for hopefully a long time.

Garcia took over at Roma last summer after stints with four different clubs in France. He was named French Manager of the Year twice while with Lille, one year of which he guided the side to the 2010-11 Ligue 1 championship.

Although he wasn't able to guide the Giallorossi to a trophy in his first season, the initial signs of progress were apparent. Roma moved up from sixth to second in league play, though they simply couldn't keep pace with a terrific Juventus squad.

The effort was good enough to earn them direct qualification into the Champions League next season.

Now that his contract situation is sorted out, with the extension taking him through 2018, Garcia must prepare for what could be a hectic summer transfer period. Unsurprisingly, Roma's strong campaign has led to interest in several players from big-spending clubs.

Sky Sports provided further details on a few links:

The Giallorossi enjoyed a fantastic campaign and finished runners-up in Serie A but several of their players have drawn the attention of foreign clubs.

Defender Mehdi Benatia is a reported target of Manchester City while Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman has been strongly linked with Manchester United.

Keeping the entire squad intact might be an uphill battle for Garcia. That said, he must do everything in his power to keep as many pieces in place as possible. If one of the marquee players does exit, he must try to find a way to use those transfer funds to find a replacement.

Ultimately, it's all about continuing to build off the success the Giallorossi had this season. Clearly the club officials have confidence that Garcia is capable of doing exactly that. Now he must prove them right in the months and years ahead.

 

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