Lopetegui to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup

Julen Lopetegui has been chosen as Real Madrid's new coach and will take over after leading Spain at the World Cup.

Julen Lupetegui is currently in charge of Spain's national team at the 2018 World Cup.   -  AP

Real Madrid has announced Spain's Julen Lopetegui will succeed Zinedine Zidane as head coach after the World Cup.

Zidane surprisingly stepped down after presiding over a third successive Champions League triumph, citing his doubts about the team being able to continue such a remarkable run as the main reason for leaving.

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham quickly emerged as a favourite, though his recent contract renewal seemed to make such a move improbable.

Speculation soon went quiet about Madrid's search as attentions were turned towards the World Cup, but it has made something of a surprise announcement on Tuesday in confirming the appointment of Lopetegui upon the completion of Spain's campaign in Russia.

Lopetegui, who came through the Madrid ranks as a player, has signed a three-year deal at the club after impressing in charge of the Spain senior side.

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