Henry confirms Lucchino contract extension with Red Sox

Red Sox owner John Henry said Thursday that team president and CEO Larry Lucchino will be back with the team in 2013 and that he has signed a contract extension.

Henry confirmed the deal with a simple “yes’’ when asked if Lucchino has signed a contract extension during an interview on WEEI’s Mut and Merloni program.

Earlier Thursday, also on WEEI, Lucchino hinted he’d be around a while.

“I love it here. I love Boston,’’ he said. “This is the place I call home. I hope to be here for the foreseeable future. I’ve got no plans to go anywhere else. I enjoy my working relationships with my partners and my colleagues, and the challenge facing us here is a tremendous one. It’s in some ways—this may sound perverse—but it’s very appealing. There’s a fundamental challenge to us, a real opportunity. to get this franchise back where it should be.’’

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