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Spalletti extends Roma contract until 2011

ROME, Jan 15 (Reuters) - AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has extended his contract, the Serie A club said on Monday.

The details of the deal would be revealed at a news conference on Tuesday starting at 1300 GMT, Roma added in a statement on their official website.

Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported on its website that Spalletti had signed until 2011 for a salary for approximately two million euros ($2.59 million) per year.

Spalletti, whose current deal was due to expire at the end of this season, is among the most respected coaches in Italy.

When the 47-year-old former Udinese boss joined Roma at the start of the 2005-06 season, the team was emerging from one of the most turbulent 12 months in its recent history.

In the previous season four coaches, including ex-Germany coach Rudi Voeller, had failed to reimpose order on a squad shaken by the departure of Fabio Capello for Juventus.

Spalletti's Roma started slowly but worked their way up the table to finish fifth. They were lifted to second following the verdicts in Italy's match-fixing scandal.

This season Roma are second in Serie A and appear to be Inter Milan's only genuine challengers for the title, although they are lagging nine points behind.

Last December, Spalletti guided Roma into the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history -- a feat the club never achieved even under Capello.