Real Madrid Have Announced Their New Manager

Real Madrid Have Announced Their New Manager

If Spain fail to impress at the World Cup, then Lopetegui will head to Real Madrid under a cloud that will make an already difficult job even harder.

However, they have now chose to appoint Lopetegui, who signed a new two-year extension with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month.

The move comes as a surprise, with Lopetegui not featuring prominently among the host of managers linked with the role since the departure of Zinedine Zidane days after Madrid's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Lopetegui is now in Russian Federation preparing the Spanish squad for the World Cup.

But following the conclusion of the tournament in Russian Federation, which La Roja are considered one of the favourites to win, Lopetegui will transition into the role at Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid were keen on appointing Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but were put off by the hefty fee they would have had to pay for the Argentine after he recently signed a five year contract.

The former Porto boss, who also coached a trio of Spain's youth teams, featured just once for Real Madrid during his playing career, which also involved stints at Castilla, Las Palmas, Logrones, Rayo Vallecano and rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid have appointed the current Spanish national team coach, Julen Lopetegui, as their next coach. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

He previously managed Porto and the Spanish underage teams.

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