Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager, Julen Lopetegui as manager following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia, the club have confirmed.
Real had been heavily linked with a number of potential managerial appointments following the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane, including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Spurs and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas.
However, they have now decided to appoint Lopetegui, who is currently concentrating on managing Spain in Russia.
A statement read: “Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”
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. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.
Lopetegui has endured a mixed managerial career thus far, but has history with Los Blancos, having managed the club’s B team between 2008 and 2009.
A trusted youth coach, he has also managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, though he failed to win any silverware at FC Porto and was sacked.