Real Madrid appoint Lopetegui as manager

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Lopetegui will officially take over at Los Blancos after the World Cup.

Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, after the Frenchman quit on May 31 in the wake of their Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.

Lopetegui and the Spain squad are now at their training base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.

"Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons". Zidane, who scored twice in the 3-0 final victory over Brazil in 1998, was talking on the eve of a gala match pitching the World Cup-winning French team, minus then-captain Didier Deschamps who is now in Russian Federation with the France team, against an worldwide XI to mark the 20th anniversary of France's win. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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Zidane's shock departure came after he had guided Madrid to a third straight Champions League title.

"Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team", Real said in a statement.

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

Lopetegui's playing career included a spell at Real, although he made just one appearance and was mainly loaned out to Las Palmas.

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And United supporters are concerned that new Madrid boss Lopetegui will use Spain's World Cup campaign as a chance to lure De Gea away from Old Trafford.

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

Real Madrid were keen on appointing Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but were put off by the hefty fee they would have had to pay for the Argentine after he recently signed a five year contract.

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