Real Madrid name Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane's replacement at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid name Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane's replacement at the Bernabeu

- Real Madrid name Julen Lopetegui as new manger at the Bernabeu next season

- Zinedine Zidane resigned after leading the club to their 13th Champions League title

- Lopetegui will resume his position after his spell with the Spanish team in Russia

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The European champions have named Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui as their new manager following Zinedine Zidane's resignation.

The Frenchman called it quits just a few days after helping Los Blancos win their third successive Champions League under his tutelage.

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Mauricio Pochettino had been linked to become Real's next manager but the Spanish giants have succeeded in securing the services of Lopetegui.

The 50-year-old who is currently in Russia with the Spanish national team has agreed a three-year deal with the Bernabeu outfit.

Lopetegui had a spell with the club as a youngster but only managed to make one senior appearance.

He has coached Spanish youth sides in the past but his spell with Portugal club FC Porto was not productive in the Primeira Liga.

The Spanish coach first task will be deciding the future of Wales international Gareth Bale as the 28-year-old stated his intention to leave after scoring a brace in the Champions League final.

Karim Benzema opened scoring in a bizarre fashion after Loris Karius threw the ball at his legs as the ball rolled into the net for the first.

Sadio Mane brought the Reds back into the match but Bale's brace gave Madrid an assailable to clinch their 13th title.

Meanwhile, the Spanish Football Association announced that it had axed Lopetegui one day ahead of the start of the 2018 World Cup.

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