Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spain boss Lopetegui to take Real reins after World Cup


The search to replace Zinedine Zidane, who left after guiding Real to a third-straight Champions League title, lasted nearly two weeks, with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp among the names reportedly in the frame.

A statement read: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".

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.

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

But with three days before Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi, Madrid announced that the Basque tactician will leave that position after agreeing a three-year contract with the La Liga giants.

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A former goalkeeper, Lopetegui made one senior appearance for Real Madrid but played 107 matches for Logrones.

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

The Champions League holders have been searching for a new head coach ever since Zinedine Zidane took the decision to step down after two-and-a-half trophy-laden years in charge earlier this month.

Spain are the only team in Russian Federation who have remained undefeated from Euro 2016 to the World Cup.

Lopetegui's side qualified for the World Cup by topping their group with nine wins out of 10.

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