Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach

"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible". They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal. He replaces Zinedine Zidane, who shockingly and abruptly left the club on the final day of last month.

However, both Tottenham and PSG have also been linked with the forward.

The former Spain worldwide played 66 games for his country and since becoming a coach he has been with the Real Madrid youth team, Rayo Vallecano, Getafe, Sevilla, Marseille and Malaga.

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

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Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.

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.

"But if you look at it from the point of view of Real Madrid, there weren't really many alternatives out there, and you are talking about somebody who has a brilliant record with the national side".

Lopetegui is now preparing to lead Spain at the World Cup but the 51-year-old will depart his role as national team coach at the end of the tournament. Again, far from ideal. After leading Spain to European Championship crowns at Under-19 and U-21 level, Lopetegui took Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014-15, but did not win the league in Portugal and was sacked the following season.

The 51-year-old took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque.

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