Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Spain manager Lopetegui to take over at Real

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.

The man who will guide Spain at the World Cup has been named as Zinedine Zidane's successor at Real Madrid.

Zidane won the Champions League at Real for the past three seasons, but Balague insists fans will be happy with Lopetegui's arrival, having gone 20 games unbeaten with Spain. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

The official club announcement reads that "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons".

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

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday in a match live on BBC One (19:00 BST kick-off).

It remains to be seen if he will head to Real as a World Cup victor, though Spain's squad is stocked with exciting talent.

But Madrid had finished a distant third as Barcelona took the honours in LaLiga, and Lopetegui will be charged with closing what was a 17-point gap.

In addition, he remains something of an unknown quantity as a coach. That run includes a 3-0 victory at home to Italy (and a 1-1 draw away) in qualifying, plus a 6-1 thrashing of an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in March.

As a player, Lopetegui was a goalkeeper on Real's books early in his career, and he returned for a spell in charge of their second team a decade ago.

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