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

Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement

Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement

Zidane's resignation came as a big shock, as he had just led Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League triumph.

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

His decision to quit as Madrid coach suddenly left the Spanish giants in limbo.

Real Madrid have confirmed Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as their new manager.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation." a statement read on their official website.

He has agreed a three-year deal with the European champions and will officially take charge after the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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The veteran manager has signed a three-year deal at the Bernabeu, just weeks after extending his contract with the Spanish national side to the end of the 2020 European Championships.

The 45-year-old was quickly linked to taking over his nation, who under Didier Deschamps are considered among the World Cup favourites.

While it remains to be seen how Lopetegui's decision will affect his team and the players in the build-up to the competition, the timing of the announcement means that there will be an unwanted distraction throughout their time in Russian Federation. Loves Ronaldo. Didn't like Bale playing ahead of Isco and Assensio.

Lopetegui has put together a record of 14 wins and six draws from his 20 games in charge of Spain, with the former goalkeeper having previously coached at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

This marks a return to club football for the Asteasu, Spain native, who took over La Roja following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque after Euro 2016.

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