Real Madrid have announced on Tuesday that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as coach after the 2018 World Cup.
“Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons. Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team,” the Spanish giants said in a statement.
The announcement comes soon after Lopetegui extended his deal as Spain coach until 2020 in a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favorites.
He was chosen for the role in the wake of Spain’s poor showing at Euro 2016 in France when they were knocked out in the last 16.
Lopetegui took over from Vicente del Bosque, who had overseen Spain’s triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 but had also been in charge for the poor group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Zidane quit Real Madrid on May 31, saying he had chosen to leave at the top and that it was time for a change for himself and the club, and also admitted he was uncertain of his ability to maintain his winning record at the club.