Spain coach Lopetegui to take Real Madrid job after World Cup

Lopetegui will go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo at the tournament, with Spain set to take on Portugal in their opening group game this Friday.

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

Lopetegui and the Spain squad are now at their training base in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. Lopetegui is now in Russian Federation preparing the Spanish squad for the World Cup.

Zidane's resignation came as a big shock, as he had just led Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League triumph.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", the Tweet said. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino had initially emerged as the leading candidate to replace the Frenchman but will now stay in the Premier League.

Lopetegui has previously been in charge Spain's youth sides while his last club job was an unsuccessful spell with Porto.

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

The 51-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the European champions, per the Guardian.

Indeed, Spain are still unbeaten under the Basque after 20 matches including friendlies.

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