JUST IN: Real Madrid appoint new coach, Julen Lopetegui

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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.

Spain face Portugal in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday before taking on Iran and Morocco.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino had been identified as Real Madrid's primary target but the Argentinean was rendered unattainable having recently signed a new five-year contract.

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Lopetegui returned to club management with Porto in 2014, but he was sacked midway through his second season after failing to deliver silverware, leaving the club in January 2016 with the club third in the league, and out of the Champions League. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Real Madrid have appointed the current Spanish national team coach, Julen Lopetegui, as their next coach.

Lopetegui is now preparing to lead Spain at the World Cup but the 51-year-old will depart his role as national team coach at the end of the tournament.

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Real Madrid have won La Liga just once in the last six years, which for a club of their stature and spending, is a poor return despite their European success. The Portugal worldwide is angry at the club for their latest "derisory" contract offer, per Jesus Sanchez at Marca.

Los Blancos have confirmed that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over from next season.

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