Dick Advocaat has confirmed that he has left Zenit St Petersburg to become the new manager of the Belgium national team.
The Dutchman has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Belgian FA after Rene Vandereycken was sacked in April following a poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The former Rangers boss takes over with Belgium fourth in Group five, 11 points behind group leaders Spain and five behind second place Bosnia-Herzegovina with only four games remaining.
“We have an agreement with the KBVB (Belgian FA),” Advocaat confirmed to Sport Express.
“The contract will be signed on the basis of two years plus another one-and-a-half.”
Despite rumours linking him with other posts around Europe, Advocaat insists there was never a chance he would join another club side.
“I also had other options from several clubs, but I had already made my mind up. Petersburg would be my last club side.
“And also, to go to another club from Zenit seemed to me to be irrational from a sporting perspective, given that the management has satisfied all working conditions.”