Real Madrid appoint Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane replacement

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.

Real Madrid announced Tuesday that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach after FIFA World Cup 2018.

However, they have now chose to appoint Lopetegui, who signed a new two-year extension with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month.

Lopetegui will take the reigns after coaching Spain in the World Cup, with the 51-year-old agreeing a three-year deal with the La Liga side.

But following the conclusion of the tournament in Russian Federation, which La Roja are considered one of the favourites to win, Lopetegui will transition into the role at Santiago Bernabeu.

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

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

He began coaching in 2003 as assistant manager to Spain's Under-17 team and was also in charge of the Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s, before moving to Porto.

They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran.

Lopetegui's playing career included a spell at Real, although he made just one appearance and was mainly loaned out to Las Palmas. He then succeeded mentor Vicente Del Bosque in the Spain job following La Roja's early exit at Euro 2016.

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