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Paulo Fonseca pens new deal with Shakhtar Donetsk

Fonseca pens new deal with Shakhtar
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Manager Paulo Fonseca decides to pen a new contract with Shakhtar Donetsk, ending speculation regarding a possible move to West Ham United.

Shakhtar Donetsk have announced that manager Paulo Fonseca has penned a new two-year contract with the Ukrainian side.

Fonseca has enjoyed an excellent two years with Shakhtar, winning back-to-back league titles and leading the club into the last 16 of the Champions League.

However, the 45-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League and was regarded as a big target for West Ham United, who have just parted company with David Moyes.

The Hammers allegedly held talks with Fonseca earlier this week but it has now been revealed that fresh terms have been agreed with Shakhtar.

Fonseca told the club's official website: "I'm very happy. I had a desire to continue my career at Shakhtar. It was absolutely important to feel that the club president Rinat Akhmetov, the employees and the footballers want me to stay, to continue the job that we started two seasons ago.

"Again, I'm really happy to have extended the contract with the Donetsk club. I also want to thank my agent Marco Abreu, who played an important role in the negotiations."

Everton have also been previously linked with an approach for Fonseca.

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Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca pictured in September 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar119113062428
2Dynamo Kiev118211441026
3FC OleksandriyaOleksandriya117131610622
4Vorskla PoltavaVorskla116051113-218
5Zorya LuhanskLuhansk11353129314
6MariupolMariupol114251317-414
7Desna ChernihivDesna114161216-413
8Olimpik DonetskOlimpik Donetsk113351418-412
9FC LvivLviv112541013-311
10Karpaty LvivKarpaty112451118-710
11Chornomorets OdesaChornomorets11236915-69
12Arsenal Kyiv11218720-137

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