La Liga giants Real Madrid have announced that Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.
This move comes just weeks after Julen committed his future to Spain’s national team by signing a deal until 2020 on May 22 but will be joining the Spanish giants after the World Cup tournament in Russia.
A club statement said: “Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”
Lopetegui, 51, a former goalkeeper made a sole league appearance for Madrid as a player, and later turned out for rivals Barcelona a handful of times. He coached Madrid’s feeder club Castilla in 2008/09 before taking charge of Spain’s youth teams.
In May, he signed a two-year extension to remain as Spain coach until 2020 but the call of Madrid has proved stronger.