6/12/2018 7:40:33 PM (GMT+3)

Spain national coach Lopetegui is new Real Madrid boss

Spain national coach Lopetegui is new Real Madrid boss

MADRID: Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will be the new Real Madrid boss after the club made an announcement on Tuesday.

“Real Madrid C. F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons,” the club said on their website. “Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”

The unexpected announcement comes shortly after Lopetegui extended his contract as Spain coach until 2020 in what was a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites.

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

Lopetegui was appointed to the role in the wake of Spain's poor showing at Euro 2016 in France when they were eliminated in the last 16, losing 2-0 to Italy.

Zidane quit Real on May 31, saying he had decided to leave at the top and that it was time for a change for himself and the club, as well as admitting he was unsure of his ability to maintain his remarkable record at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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