Real Madrid confirm Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as new head coach
REAL MADRID have sprung a shock by naming Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach just 48 hours before the start of the World Cup.
The 51-year-old will leave his role as national team manager after the tournament in Russia has finished to take up his new position at the Bernabeu.
Lopetegui replaces Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish giants’ hotseat after the Frenchman stepped down despite winning the Champions League last season.
He has agreed a three-year contract with the club.
Lopetegui, who previously managed Porto, Rayo Vallecano and the Real Madrid B team, has been the national team boss for the past two years.
He was only appointed after Spain’s Euro 2016 campaign, with this summer’s World Cup being his first, and last, major tournament as national team boss.
The move comes as a surprise, with Lopetegui not featuring prominently among the host of managers linked with the role since the departure of Zidane days after Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Zidane left Los Blancos after leading them to three-straight Champions League triumphs.