Paulo Fonseca signs new two-year deal with Shakhtar Donetsk despite West Ham links

Donetsk's Portuguese head coach Paulo Fonseca looks on before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Shaktar Donetsk and AS Rome at the OSK Metalist Stadion...

Paulo Fonseca has committed his future to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donesk, signing a two-year extension with the club.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Portuguese manager Paulo Fonseca arrives ahead of the Group F football match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west...

West Ham United's alleged number one candidate to replace David Moyes, Paulo Fonseca, has signed a two-year extension with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, ending negotiations with the Hammers for the vacant managerial role.

The 45-year-old Portuguese coach had been heavily linked with the job at the London Stadium, and at Goodison Park with Everton, as the Blues look to once again get back to playing progressive, attacking football, but he has now committed his short-term future to Shakhtar until 2020.

"I'm very happy. I had a desire to continue my career in Shakhtar," said Fonseca, in quotes from Sky Sports.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United shows appreciation to the fans after  the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London,...

"It was extremely important to feel that the president of the club, Rinat Akhmetov, employees and football players want me to stay to continue the work that we started two seasons ago. Now you need to work hard to continue to win both on the domestic and international arena.

"Shakhtar will still demonstrate a beautiful, attacking football. I believe that the fans will be proud of their club."

The news comes as a big blow to both Premier League clubs, as they both continue their search of more progressive and talented managers for next term.

West Ham recently parted company with David Moyes, who completed his remit of securing the Hammers' place in the top flight but did not do enough in the eyes of the club's owners to earn a new long-term deal at the club.

Now West Ham need to get it right to ensure they hit the ground running next season and do not struggle for points in the early weeks of the campaign.

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