Real Madrid have appointed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

The 51-year-old will take up the position after the World Cup, which begins on 14 June.

Lopetegui is currently preparing to lead Spain at the World Cup but the 51-year-old will depart his role as national team coach at the end of the tournament.

A club statement said: “Real Madrid CF. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.

“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”

Lopetegui has put together a record of 14 wins and six draws from his 20 games in charge of Spain, with the former goalkeeper having previously coached at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

The ex-Porto manager is also no stranger to Real, with three years spent at the Bernabeu between 1988 and 1991 during his playing days and a period coming in charge of Real’s ‘B’ squad between 2008 and 2009.

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