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Aragones signs two-year contract extension

MADRID, June 30 (Reuters) - Luis Aragones will continue as Spain coach until Euro 2008.

'The (Spanish Football) Federation were pleased with my work and this motivated me to extend my contract,' Aragones told a news conference on Friday.

The 67-year-old had hinted he would step down after his team lost 3-1 to France in the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday.

Before the competition he said he would quit if Spain did not reach the semi-finals.

'What I said before the tournament I would say again in the future but it is the federation who have the final word,' said Aragones.

'I told them I was going to leave but they have convinced me they appreciate what I have done and want me to continue.'

The defeat by France was Aragones's first in 26 matches since taking over from Inaki Saez after Spain's first-round exit at Euro 2004.

'The fans should know I am continuing because I want to, and because I want to win a major event. I want to get my revenge in Euro 2008,' Aragones said.

'I don't think we were inferior to anyone at the World Cup, bar some small details, and I will carry on working as I have been doing to improve every aspect.'

Federation secretary general Jorge Perez said: 'We didn't ask him to make us champions.

'We wanted hard work, dedication and commitment and this is what we get from him. This is more important than individual results.'