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Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid name Spain manager as new head coach

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Wednesday 08:08 GMT
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Lopetegui's strong relationship with Real's Spain internationals like Sergio Ramos and Isco will ensure he receives a warm internal welcome, but he now faces even more pressure as he heads into a World Cup leading a team which was already burdened by very high expectations.

As recently as Monday, Spain's top selling sports newspaper Marca ran a story which claimed that Mauricio Pochettino was still Real Madrid's preferred option for the vacant managerial position, with Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea's Antonio Conte also in the frame and former players Michel and Michael Laudrup among the outsiders.

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Julen Lopetegui to join Real Madrid as head coach after World Cup

Real Madrid have announced that the Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as manager at the Bernabéu after 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal with Madrid after two years with the national side, who he has guided to the World Cup in impressive fashion. The timing of the announcement is unexpected, given that Spain kick off their tournament on Friday when they face Portugal in Sochi.



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