Real Madrid have confirmed Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane’s successor, the 51-year-old taking over Los Blancos after the World Cup.
The veteran manager has signed a three year deal at the Bernabeu, just weeks after extending his contract with the Spanish national side to the end of the 2020 European Championships.
Lopetegui is one of very few players to feature for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in his club career, and coached Los Blancos’ B team around a decade ago.
Speaking just three weeks ago after signing his new Spain contract, the former Porto boss said:
Brief summary of Lopetegui’s coaching CV: started at Rayo (sacked), spent a season in charge of Castilla, then Spain U19s, U20s, U21s, took over at Porto (sacked). Has impressed these last two years as Spain coach.
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