Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

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"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", the club announced on their website on Tuesday.

However, it was announced today he would replace Zinedine Zidane in the Real hot seat after the competition. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

The unexpected announcement comes shortly after Lopetegui extended his contract as Spain coach until 2020 in what was a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites.

However, following the departure of Zidane - who left the club after lifting his third successive Champions League trophy - according to the Independent, Bale is now reconsidering his options and will wait to see who Florentino Perez appoints this summer.

However, they have now chose to appoint Lopetegui, who is currently concentrating on managing Spain in Russian Federation.

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The appointment of Lopetegui could lead to a thawing in the relationship between Ronaldo and Real Madrid who are now refusing to give the 33-year-old the new contract he wants.

Radio MARCA reported that Madrid's Spain players found out about the appointment and claimed that after another squad member learned of the news, Real chose to announce Lopetegui on Tuesday.

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.

Real Madrid have won La Liga just once in the last six years, which for a club of their stature and spending, is a poor return despite their European success.

A trusted youth coach, he has also managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, though he failed to win any silverware at FC Porto and was sacked.

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