Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

Real had been heavily linked with a number of potential managerial appointments following the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane, including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Spurs and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas.

It remains to be seen if he will head to Real as a World Cup victor, though Spain's squad is stocked with exciting talent.

"Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team", Real said in a statement.

But in a surprise twist, Lopetegui has been named as the new man in Madrid.

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui had a brief stint at Real during his playing career and coached their B team in 2008.


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.

The 2010 World Cup winners are among the favourites for glory again this summer.

His only other top-flight club experience came in 18 up-and-down months at Porto, where he failed to win a trophy but reached the Champions League quarterfinals.

But Madrid had finished a distant third as Barcelona took the honours in LaLiga, and Lopetegui will be charged with closing what was a 17-point gap.

"I don't know what I'm going to do".

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