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Real Madrid Appoint Lopetegui to Replace Zidane

Lopetegui will join Real Madrid after Spain's World Cup campaign is over, the club have confirmed.

However, those comments came before Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, leaving the Spanish side now on the lookout for a new manager.

United star, De Gea has been vocal on his future in recent weeks, with the Spain worldwide revealing he's fully focused on the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Real Madrid announced Tuesday that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach after FIFA World Cup 2018. While things have calmed since, Ronaldo put the club on notice immediately after the recent Champions League final win over Liverpool by saying, "It was very nice to be at Real Madrid", sparking plenty of speculation that he'll exit the club.

With Spain, he has won 14 and drawn six since succeeding Vicente del Bosque in 2016.

The appointment of Lopetegui could lead to a thawing in the relationship between Ronaldo and Real Madrid who are now refusing to give the 33-year-old the new contract he wants.

He also played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, although he only played one league game for Madrid, and five for Barcelona.

And it comes just three days before the 2010 World Cup winners begin their campaign in Russian Federation, as they face Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

In the meantime, Madrid may have to wait until mid-July before they can begin to work with their new coach - which is extremely late in terms of planning transfers and shaping the squad in time for the start of next season.

His appointment comes as shock given his poor record at FC Porto during his previous club management stint where he was sacked without winning any silverware after two years - after being entrusted with the club's largest budget in their history.



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