Real Madrid have chosen Julen Lopetegui to be their next manager, with the current head coach of the Spanish national side set to move to the Bernabéu after the World Cup.
Lopetegui, who has signed a three-year-deal at Real, has a long association with the club, though he made a single professional appearance as a player. The 51-year-old will now face the challenge of refreshing a side that have won the Champions League three times in a row and boasts some of the biggest talents – as well as egos – in world football.
“Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons,” the club said in a statement. “Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”