BREAKING NEWS: Lopetegui to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup
Real Madrid have announced Spain's Julen Lopetegui will succeed Zinedine Zidane as head coach after the World Cup.
Zidane surprisingly stepped down after presiding over a third successive Champions League triumph, citing his doubts about the team being able to continue such a remarkable run as the main reason for leaving.
Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham quickly emerged as a favourite, though his recent contract renewal seemed to make such a move improbable.
Speculation soon went quiet about Madrid's search as attentions were turned towards the World Cup, but they have made something of a surprise announcement on Tuesday in confirming the appointment of Lopetegui upon the completion of Spain's campaign in Russia.
Lopetegui, who came through the Madrid ranks as a player, has signed a three-year deal at the club after impressing in charge of the Spain senior side.