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Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach

Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach

Lopetegui was appointed to the role in the wake of Spain's poor showing at Euro 2016 in France when they were eliminated in the last 16, losing 2-0 to Italy.

Zinedine Zidane walked away from his post at Real Madrid after the Champions League final, having won the competition three times in a row.

United No 1, De Gea is a long-term target for Real, with the Spanish giants said to be keen on making a mammoth bid for the Spain No 1.

The 51-year-old will take up the position after the World Cup, which begins on 14 June.

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"It's a similar situation here; he already had the contract signed with the Spain national team for two more years, but Real Madrid, who couldn't get Mauricio Pochettino, chose to go for him, and two days before the beginning of the World Cup they announce it".

"It has been surprising for everybody, but to be honest the three names who had been linked - Pochetitno, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte - for different reasons they didn't fit the agenda", Balague said.

However, Real finished third in La Liga in the season just finished, 17 points behind champions Barcelona, and Zidane had admitted that he was unsure of his ability to oversee more success in the future. Loves Ronaldo. Didn't like Bale playing ahead of Isco and Assensio. After leading Spain to European Championship crowns at Under-19 and U-21 level, Lopetegui took Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014-15, but did not win the league in Portugal and was sacked the following season.

On Tuesday afternoon, Madrid unexpectedly announced that Lopetegui will be the man to replace Zidane following the conclusion of Spain's World Cup campaign. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.


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