Real Madrid Appoint Julen Lopetegui To Replace Zidane

In an official statement on the club’s website, it was confirmed that the current Spain manager will replace Zinedine Zidane as first team coach after the tournament in Russia.

Lopetegui, a former Real Madrid keeper who spent three seasons in the senior squad at the Bernabéu as back-up to Francisco Buyo between 1988 and 1991, went on to coach Castilla for a season in 2008-09 before taking over as Spain under-19 coach, from where he progressed through the national team system to the under-21s before moving back to club management at Porto, where he took over in 2014 and was sacked in January 2016 after being eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage.

The 51-year-old replaced Vicente del Bosque at the helm of La Roja after the defending champions’ disastrous 2014 World Cup title defence.

Lopetegui will put to pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Bernabéu running until 2021, the club confirmed.

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