Official: Julen Lopetegui named as Real Madrid’s next manager

Official: Julen Lopetegui named as Real Madrid’s next manager

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Official: Julen Lopetegui named as Real Madrid’s next manager






Spanish giants Real Madrid have this afternoon confirmed that Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will become the club’s new manager after the World Cup, following Zinedine Zidane’s departure last month.

Trophy-laden stint

45-year-old Zidane took over the reigns at the Bernabeu in 2016, having lined out as a player for Real from 2001-2006.

And the Frenchman subsequently went on to enjoy a historic stint in charge of Los Blancos, racking up a La Liga title, Spanish Super Cup, and, incredibly, 3 straight Champions League crowns.

The latest of these came a fortnight ago in Kiev, when Los Merengues put Premier League outfit Liverpool to the sword by 3 goals to 1.

Zinedine Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 27: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid is thrown in the air by his players during celebrations at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following their victory last night in Kiev in the UEFA Champions League final, on May 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final to lift the European Cup and Champions League for the 13th time. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

However, despite the club’s successes on the European front, rumours had been circulating in the media that the board in the Spanish capital were unhappy with the domestic performance of their side this past season, with Real having finished a massive 17 points behind runaway La Liga champions and fierce rivals Barcelona.

Parting ways

As such, when Real announced on the 31st of May that Zidane had called a surprise press conference with the media, multiple outlets quickly reported that the Frenchman was set to announce his departure from the club.

And, in a groundbreaking update a short time later, Zidane, sitting alongside Blancos’ president Florentino Perez, went on to confirm exactly that, revealing that he had ‘taken the decision not to continue next year’:

‘What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology and that’s why I took this decision.’

Done deal

Rumours have since been rife in the media regarding who could replace Zidane on the bench at the Bernabeu, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger, Andre Villas-Boas, Max Allegri, Maurizio Sarri, Guti and even Antonio Conte having been named as candidates for the post.

However, as per a shock announcement this afternoon, Real have officially confirmed that Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, who is set to lead La Roja into their World Cup ventures over the coming weeks, will take over as the club’s new manager following the competition’s completion:

51-year-old Lopetegui has been in charge of Spain since 2016, and has spent previous spells at the helm of the likes of Rayo Vallecano and Porto.

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June 12, 2018 at 08:25AM

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