Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed that he never considered leaving his post after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and insisted he will see out his contract, which runs until after UEFA EURO 2016.
"I didn't think of stopping for one second," the 54-year-old told the German Football Federation (DFB) website.
Low took over the German reins in 2006 after two years as assistant, and extended his contract until 2016 before Brazil 2014.
"I didn't extend my contract with the DFB until 2016 to prematurely break it," said Low, who had refused to answer questions about his future after guiding his side to a 1-0 defeat of Argentina in this month's World Cup Final. "I simply kept to what we had agreed before the World Cup: that we were going to calmly sit down and analyse the tournament as we have done after every tournament."
Low said that he was already looking forward to leading Germany to EURO 2016, which will be played in France.
"I can't imagine anything more beautiful than to continue working with this team, to lead them to the European Championship in France, to continue to develop the group and each of the players," he said. "I'm as motivated as I was on the first day.
"We celebrated a huge success in Brazil, but there are other objectives that we want to achieve. The 2014 World Cup was a summit, but it wasn't a conclusion."
Low led Germany to their fourth World Cup title and the first since reunification in 1990.
One of his first tasks will be to find a new captain after Philipp Lahm's surprise international retirement, with Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger favourite for the job.