Real Madrid appoint Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane replacement

Julen Lopetegui

Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.

Lopetegui is in Russian Federation with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca.

Lopetegui has been Spain manager since he took over from Vicente Del Bosque after the 2014 World Cup, and will leave his post with the national team for the Madrid job after this summer's tournament.

Lopetegui will put to pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Bernabéu running until 2021, the club confirmed.

He was sacked after just 10 games in charge, and after a spell away from management, he took up a coaching role with Real Madrid Castilla.

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Lopetegui has never lost a match as Spain coach since taking the reins in July 2016 in the wake of the European Championship, earning 14 wins with six draws for the second-longest unbeaten start by a coach in Spain's history.

Lopetegui, 51, was hired by Spain following their underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign and the former Porto boss has helped re-establish La Roja as genuine contenders this summer in Russian Federation.

The 51-year-old, who has been in charge of the national team for the past two years, has agreed a three-year contract at the Bernabeu.

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

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