Real Madrid Appoint Julen Lopetegui As Their New Manager

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

"But to be honest, the three names that had been linked to Real Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte, for different reasons didn't fit the agenda".

Lopetegui will take the reigns after coaching Spain in the World Cup, with the 51-year-old agreeing a three-year deal with the La Liga side.

However, De Gea was quick to dismiss questions about his future at Manchester United ahead of the World Cup. "The important thing is the World Cup and not to think of anything else that can divert you or upset you".

Lopetegui has endured a mixed managerial career thus far, but has history with Los Blancos, having managed the club's B team between 2008 and 2009.

Since hanging up his gloves he has taken on various roles with the Spanish youth teams, before moving to Porto in 2014. For example, leaving out Chelsea's Alvaro Morata from the Spain squad in favour of Valencia's Rodrigo.

Balague reckons Lopetegui was way down the pecking order.

Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper who represented Real and Barcelona as a player, albeit appearing in only one league game for Madrid, has been in charge of Spain for just 20 matches and signed a new contract as recently as May 22. To play for a manager he knows well, who he has experienced success with, has to be appealing.

Lionel Messi (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) are universally considered to be the two greatest players of their generation, if not all time.

Lopetegui will be Real Madrid's first Spanish coach with no prior experience managing a team in the Spanish top flight since Del Bosque in 1994. "We want it to bring back a second title".

It's hard to imagine what the club could offer him that would make him extend his stay, though.

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