Real Madrid appoints Zidane's replacement

Ruben Hill
June 12, 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 51-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the European champions, per the Guardian.

He replaces Zinedine Zidane, who shockingly and abruptly left the club on the final day of last month.

Real Madrid appoint Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as the club's new head coach on a three-year contract.

"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, made a decision to go for him, and two days before the beginning of the World Cup they announce it".

Zidane's shock departure came after he had guided Madrid to a third straight Champions League title. It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.

"I didn't stop to want to take the team of France".

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. Loves Ronaldo. Didn't like Bale playing ahead of Isco and Assensio. Again, far from ideal. At the very highest level, however, he is still somewhat untried.

"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.

Whatever did happen, the timing is unfortunate for La Roja as they aim for World Cup glory and also for Los Blancos in their building for the 2018-19 season, while question marks over the coach's suitability for such a top job also persist.

Lopetegui is a surprise appointment as he was not one of the names widely touted to be Zidane's replacement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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