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Spain manager to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup

Spain manager to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup

Lopetegui succeeded Vicente del Bosque, who had overseen Spain's triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, but had also been in charge for the disappointing group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Zidane won the Champions League at Real for the past three seasons, but Balague insists fans will be happy with Lopetegui's arrival, having gone 20 games unbeaten with Spain.

Real Madrid have announced that Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup.

Messi and Ronaldo have chased each other for records ever since the latter arrived at Los Blancos in 2009. If Lopetegui had De Gea as his No. 1, the foundations for success would already be in place.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is a long time Manchester United transfer target, so today's headline news emerging from the Santiago Bernabeu has naturally invited more speculation about his future.

"Real Madrid C.F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons".

"The most important thing is to support the team of France", he told TF1. United have been lucky to hold on to him for as long as they have.

Balague reckons Lopetegui was way down the pecking order.

Spain's head coach Julen Lopetegui will succeed Zinedine Zidane as the new Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

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

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