Spain boss Lopetegui to take Real reins after World Cup

Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.

The 51-year-old took charge of Spain after Euro 2016 - and signed a new extension until 2020 just last month - but the appointment means the impending World Cup in Russian Federation will be his only major tournament in charge of the national team.

In a brief statement to announce the appointment, the Madrid giants said Lopetegui had been appointed on a three-year contract.

'Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team'.


Lopetegui is now preparing to lead Spain at the World Cup but the 51-year-old will depart his role as national team coach at the end of the tournament.

He previously had a spell as manager of Porto, as well as with the Spanish national youth team set-up and at Real's B team. That U21 side featured the likes of David De Gea, Thiago, Koke and Rodrigo Moreno, all of whom have made it into the Spain squad for this summer's World Cup.

In May, he signed a two-year extension to remain as Spain coach until 2020 but the call of Madrid has proved stronger.

Spain's senior side are unbeaten under Lopetegui, having won 14 and drawn six of their 20 matches and begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

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