The Spain manager will take over as coach after the World Cup
Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday on their website.
Zinedine Zidane left the club last month after managing the club for 2.5 years. He has won 9 major trophies during his tenure with the club, which includes 3 Champions League, 2 Super Cups, 2 Club World Cups and 1 La Liga title.
Since the Frenchman resigned, the La Liga giants have been looking for a new manager and has been linked with a host of managers which includes Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Spurs and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas.
But now have decided to appoint former Porto manager as their new boss for the next season, who has signed a 3 year contract with the club.
A statement read as quoted by ESPN: “Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”
Lopetegui has endured a mixed managerial career thus far, but has history with Los Blancos, having managed the club’s B team between 2008 and 2009. A trusted youth coach, he has also managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, though he failed to win any silverware at FC Porto and was sacked.
He guided Spain easily through qualification to the World Cup finals and agreed on a new contract up until Euro 2022 just last May.
The manager has never lost a match as Spain coach since taking the reins in July 2016 in the wake of the European Championship, earning 14 wins with six draws for the second-longest unbeaten start by a coach in Spain’s history.