Real Madrid Announce Zinedine Zidane's Replacement

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

The Independent is reporting that the Spanish giants are in no rush to resolve the Wales international's situation despite the uncertainty about his future this summer.

The search to replace Zinedine Zidane, who left after guiding Real to a third-straight Champions League title, lasted nearly two weeks, with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp among the names reportedly in the frame.

His name had been briefly mentioned among many others as a possible successor to Zidane, who stepped down on May 31 after leading the club to a third straight Champions League crown, although a move seemed highly unlikely.

However, both Tottenham and PSG have also been linked with the forward.

Lopetegui will join Real Madrid after Spain's World Cup campaign is over, the club have confirmed.

Real Madrid have announced that Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has been appointed as the club's new head coach.

Lopetegui, who is also Spain's football coach throughout 2020, spent three years with Real as a player. It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.

And it comes just three days before the 2010 World Cup winners begin their campaign in Russian Federation, as they face Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

Lopetegui is in Russian Federation with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca. Again, far from ideal.

Lopetegui, 51, has been in charge of the Spanish national team since July 2016, when he took the reins following the European Championship in France.

Some commentators have defended the timing of Lopetegui's appointment but others believe it will put a strain on relationships between Real Madrid and Barcelona players in the squad.

Prior to taking on the Spain job, he managed Portuguese side Porto for 18 months.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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