Spain manager Julen Lopetegui announced as Real coach


Just minutes ago, Real announced that Spain manager Julen Lopetegui will assume the reigns of Los Blancos after the World Cup.

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russian Federation, the club have confirmed.

"Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team", Real said in a statement.

Lopetegui has been head coach of Spain's national team for two years and this will be the 51-year-old's first major tournament.

"I've got my feet up and am feeling good", Zidane told AFP at the inauguration of a playground in Saint Denis, the north Parisian suburb that is home to the Stade de France where he starred for the French team that won the 1998 World Cup.

However, following the departure of Zidane - who left the club after lifting his third successive Champions League trophy - according to the Independent, Bale is now reconsidering his options and will wait to see who Florentino Perez appoints this summer.

However, it was announced today he would replace Zinedine Zidane in the Real hot seat after the competition.

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday in a match live on BBC One (19:00 BST kick-off). It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.

While it remains to be seen how Lopetegui's decision will affect his team and the players in the build-up to the competition, the timing of the announcement means that there will be an unwanted distraction throughout their time in Russian Federation.

In addition, he remains something of an unknown quantity as a coach.

Lopetegui was appointed Spain coach in 2016. At the very highest level, however, he is still somewhat untried.

Some commentators have defended the timing of Lopetegui's appointment but others believe it will put a strain on relationships between Real Madrid and Barcelona players in the squad.