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BREAKING NEWS: Lopetegui to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup

Breaking News Breaking News (source: Perform)

Real Madrid have announced Spain’s Julen Lopetegui will succeed Zinedine Zidane as head coach after the World Cup.

Zidane surprisingly stepped down after presiding over a third successive Champions League triumph, citing his doubts about the team being able to continue such a remarkable run as the main reason for leaving.

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham quickly emerged as a favourite, though his recent contract renewal seemed to make such a move improbable.

Speculation soon went quiet about Madrid’s search as attentions were turned towards the World Cup, but they have made something of a surprise announcement on Tuesday in confirming the appointment of Lopetegui upon the completion of Spain’s campaign in Russia.

Lopetegui, who came through the Madrid ranks as a player, has signed a three-year deal at the club after impressing in charge of the Spain senior side.

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