RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Dudamel has been appointed head coach of Atletico Mineiro, just hours after quitting his post as manager of Venezuela's national team.
The 46-year-old will be tied to the Brazilian Serie A club until December 2021, sources with knowledge of the deal said on Thursday.
He replaces Vagner Mancini, whose contract expired in December after Atletico finished 13th in the 20-team Brazilian Serie A championship.
Brazilian media reported that Dudamel became Atletico's preferred option after the club failed in a bid to sign former Argentina and Chile national team boss Jorge Sampaoli.
Dudamel ended his four-year spell as Venezuela manager on Thursday morning. In a social media post, the former Venezuela national team goalkeeper said it was time for another coach to "enjoy the working conditions that were no longer available to me."
The announcement left Venezuela with less than three months to appoint a new head coach before the South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin.