‘The coach has signed! Ole Ole!’ Eden Hazard reveals Roberto Martinez has extended his deal with Belgium – while playing FIFA before team-mate Romelu Lukaku rings him to celebrate
- Robert Martinez has signed a two-year extension with the Belgium national side
- Captain Eden Hazard announced the manager’s extension while playing FIFA
- He said it was ‘great news’ before ringing Romelu Lukaku to inform him
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The Spaniard has signed an extension to continue in his post until 2022 after his initial contract was set to expire this summer after Euro 2020 – which has now been postponed due to coronavirus. It should see him take charge of the side for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
And the Royal Belgian Football Federation decided to put a fun twist on the news of his signing by getting Hazard to react while playing on the popular video game.
Robert Martinez has signed a two-year extension to his deal with the Belgium national side
Captain Eden Hazard announced the news in a reveal on the popular video game FIFA 20
The clip starts with Hazard picking Belgium to play with before he selects the ‘team management’ option and says ‘Ok, let’s see which coach we’ll get.’
As the animation builds up to reveal a face behind a hidden card, the Real Madrid star says ‘suspense, suspense, suspense’ as fans are slowly given hints that the coach is a Spanish manager before Martinez is finally revealed.
Hazard says: ‘Oooh Roberto. The coach has signed! The coach has signed, that’s great! The coach has signed, ole ole!’
The Real Madrid star had some fun with the reveal as he celebrated the announcement
The clip shows Hazard speaking on the phone to teammate Romelu Lukaku to discuss the news
The former Chelsea winger’s phone then rings as the official annoucement of his extension is shown on screen, with Hazard heard speaking with Romelu Lukaku in the background to celebrate the news.
‘Hi Romelu… all well?’ he said to the Inter Milan star. ‘Did you see the coach has signed? Yes, yes, isn’t that great news?’
Martinez was sacked by Everton after a poor spell in 2016 but later took charge of the Red Devils in the same year.
Martinez led the Belgium team to 3rd place at the 2018 World Cup, beating Brazil on the way
He guided them to third place at the 2018 World Cup and they are top of the current FIFA world rankings.
In their journey at the tournament in Russia they beat England twice and also overcame tournament favourites Brazil along the way.
His side were among the favourites for glory at Euro 2020, having won all 10 games in qualifying.