Real Madrid Have Announced Their New Manager

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Lopetegui, who has coached the Spanish national team for the past two seasons, will coach Real for the next three seasons, the statement added.

Before he took over as Spain boss, Lopetegui was Porto manager for two years.

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.

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

He is said to have signed a three-year contract with the Los Blancos.

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Lopetegui has been Spain manager since he took over in 2016, and will leave his post with the national team for the Madrid job after this summer's tournament.

He previously managed Porto and the Spanish underage teams. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Real Madrid have announced that Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has been appointed as the club's new head coach.

Lopetegui's playing career included a spell at Real, although he made just one appearance and was mainly loaned out to Las Palmas.

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. Spain will face Iran and Morocco in Group B after the challenge of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in their opener on Friday.

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