Real Madrid Announce Zinedine Zidane's Replacement

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane insisted he did not leave his Real Madrid post just so he could take over as France coach.

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The Independent is reporting that the Spanish giants are in no rush to resolve the Wales international's situation despite the uncertainty about his future this summer. And it is a risky move for both club and country.

Real Madrid were keen on appointing Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but were put off by the hefty fee they would have had to pay for the Argentine after he recently signed a five year contract.

Zidane's shock departure came after he had guided Madrid to a third straight Champions League title.

It's official. Real Madrid have appointed a new coach - Julen Lopetegui, who now manages the Spain national team.

Will take over after managing Spain in the World Cup. It is hardly the ideal preparation for a World Cup.

"It has taken about two weeks, but it's a recognised name, they know what he's bringing, and I do think the fans will be happy". Loves Ronaldo. Didn't like Bale playing ahead of Isco and Assensio.

In addition, he remains something of an unknown quantity as a coach.

He then succeeded mentor Vicente Del Bosque in the Spain job following La Roja's early exit at Euro 2016. That run includes a 3-0 victory at home to Italy (and a 1-1 draw away) in qualifying, plus a 6-1 thrashing of an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in March.

A statement from the club says: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation". They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages.

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