Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid name Spain manager as new head coach

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.

The 51-year-old took charge of Spain after Euro 2016 - and signed a new extension until 2020 just last month - but the appointment means the impending World Cup in Russian Federation will be his only major tournament in charge of the national team.

Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui will take over a Real Madrid side who have dominated in Europe but finished a distant 17 points behind champions Barcelona in La Liga last season.

"My future? The important thing is the World Cup and not to think of anything else that can divert you or upset you", De Gea, who is on national team duties with Spain told reporters.




"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible".

He'll now become the manager of a club for which he made one senior appearance and has worked as a B team coach in the past.

He has done well through the levels with Spain, he is doing well now, and even though they have stuttered in some of the World Cup warm-up games, the football being played by Spain has been fantastic.

The 28-year-old cast a shadow of doubt over his stay in the Spanish capital following Los Blancos' Champions League success, stating he needed regular first team football while hinting at a summer exit from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

"I didn't stop to want to take the team of France".

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