Real Madrid Name Spain Coach Lopetegui As Zidane Successor

Ronaldo will have a chance to convince Lopetegui in the first match of Group B play in the World Cup, when Portugal takes on Spain.

However, those comments came before Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, leaving the Spanish side now on the lookout for a new manager.

A statement read: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".

The Spain boss will take over at Santiago Bernabeu after the 2018 World Cup.

Spain's national coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Zinedine Zidane, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles, stepped down in May, saying the club needs "a different voice".

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The unexpected announcement comes shortly after Lopetegui extended his contract as Spain coach until 2020 in what was a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites.

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. Again, far from ideal.

Lopetegui took over Spain in July 2016 after Vicente del Bosque retired from the role.

Lopetegui has put together a record of 14 wins and six draws from his 20 games in charge of Spain, with the former goalkeeper having previously coached at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

Prior to that appointment, Lopetegui spent three seasons at Porto.

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