Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach

"Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team", Real said in a statement.

The club announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.

"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible".

"So then it was just a matter of guessing and nobody out Julen Lopetegui's name forward because we all thought he was focusing on the World Cup and he's got a new contract with the national side". They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

The shock announcement also left Spain's World Cup preparations in disarray and put Friday's match with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in a very different light.

Another example of how the RFEF was in the dark about this announcement from Real Madrid was that their president, Luis Rubiales, was in Moscow to participate in a Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting to decide who would host the 2026 World Cup.

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Lopetegui took over Spain in July 2016 after Vicente del Bosque retired from the role.

However, they have now made a decision to appoint Lopetegui, who is currently concentrating on managing Spain in Russian Federation.

While it remains to be seen how Lopetegui's decision will affect his team and the players in the build-up to the competition, the timing of the announcement means that there will be an unwanted distraction throughout their time in Russian Federation.

Real Madrid have won La Liga just once in the last six years, which for a club of their stature and spending, is a poor return despite their European success.

He previously managed Porto and the Spanish underage teams.

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