Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Spain boss Lopetegui to take Real reins after World Cup


Previously, French manager Zinidine Zidane shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation from Real Madrid.

Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Bernabéu have announced.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup, the La Liga giants have announced.

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

Lopetegui, 51, has been in charge of the Spanish national team since July 2016, when he took the reins following the European Championship in France.

He also played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, although he only played one league game for Madrid, and five for Barcelona.

He coached Madrid's feeder club Castilla in 2008/09 before taking charge of Spain's youth teams.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino had been identified as Real Madrid's primary target but the Argentinean was rendered unattainable having recently signed a new five-year contract.

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. 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. Spain will face Iran and Morocco in Group B after the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in their opener on Friday.

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