Loew seals Germany stay

Joachim Loew has extended his contract as Germany manager, ending speculation of a move to Bayern Munich.

Loew led the national team to third place at the 2010 World Cup, winning fans for blooding the likes of Mesut Oezil and Thomas Mueller.

Bayern Munich are yet to announce a replacement for manager Louis van Gaal, who will leave the club at the end of the season after his side failed to mount a serious defence to their Bundesliga defence.

But despite rumours he was top of the candidate list, Loew will not follow the same path predecessor Juergen Klinnsman took from the national team to the Munich club.

“I am delighted that we were able to agree early on continuing our work until the 2014 World Cup,” Loew said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Together, with German Football Federation (DFB) chief Theo Zwanziger and general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, we believe that it makes sense to continue our successful path with the team in the same style.”

Loew has been in the Germany job since 2006, and extended his contract to 2012 after the World Cup.