Julen Lopetegui Named Real Madrid Head Coach After Zinedine Zidane's Resignation

Zinedine Zidane happy to have his feet up

Zidane quit Real after a remarkable two and a half years in charge during which he led the club to three consecutive Champions League titles, as well as one La Liga crown.

Lopetegui, who is also Spain's football coach throughout 2020, spent three years with Real as a player.

The Spanish giants broke the news in a Tweet on Tuesday.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", read the statement on the club's official website.

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Lopetegui has endured a mixed managerial career thus far, but has history with Los Blancos, having managed the club's B team between 2008 and 2009.

Real, who are now without a manager following Zinedine Zidane's shock departure earlier this month, are ready for a summer shake-up.

"It has taken about two weeks, but it's a recognised name, they know what he's bringing, and I do think the fans will be happy". After leading Spain to European Championship crowns at Under-19 and U-21 level, Lopetegui took Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014-15, but did not win the league in Portugal and was sacked the following season.

The 51-year-old took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

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