Spain boss Lopetegui to take Real reins after World Cup

Rex Christensen
June 12, 2018

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

However, those comments came before Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, leaving the Spanish side now on the lookout for a new manager.

But that is no longer the case after Real Madrid offered him a three-year-contract on Tuesday agreeing to pay the Spanish FA £1.75m in compensation.

Zidane, who scored twice in the 3-0 final victory over Brazil in 1998, was talking on the eve of a gala match pitching the World Cup-winning French team, minus then-captain Didier Deschamps who is now in Russian Federation with the France team, against an worldwide XI to mark the 20th anniversary of France's win.

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

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

As for Ronaldo's future with Real Madrid, it's possible he never plays for Lopetegui at all.

Time will tell, just as it did with Zidane, but right now, the appointment of Lopetegui looks like a risky one for both Madrid and Spain.

A trusted youth coach, he has also managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, though he failed to win any silverware at FC Porto and was sacked.

And it comes just three days before the 2010 World Cup winners begin their campaign in Russian Federation, as they face Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

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