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Real Madrid Have Announced Their New Manager

12 June 2018

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.

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

The Champions League winners had been without a boss since Zinedine Zidane revealed that he was stepping down from his role last month, but the Spanish giants have acted quickly to secure the Frenchman's replacement.

In an official statement on the club's website, it was confirmed that the current Spain manager will replace Zinedine Zidane as first team coach after the tournament in Russian Federation. Before that, he was in charge of Spain's U21s, who won the 2013 European Championships.

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Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino had been identified as Real Madrid's primary target but the Argentinean was rendered unattainable having recently signed a new five-year contract.

They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran.

He began coaching in 2003 as assistant manager to Spain's Under-17 team and was also in charge of the Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s, before moving to Porto. Lopetegui spent part of his footballing career at Real Madrid, but only managed one senior appearance for the club.

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.

Real Madrid Have Announced Their New Manager