Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain manager one day before the World Cup after being confirmed as the new Real Madrid boss ahead of Russia 2018.
Lopetegui had penned a new contract to 2020 just 21 days ago, but the lure of succeeding Zinedine Zidane proved too much, meaning he will not continue following the conclusion of Spain’s involvement in the tournament.
RFEF president Luis Rubiales was said to be “furious” and “deeply upset” after Los Blancos confirmed Lopetegui as their new boss.
The premature announcement, it was feared, could unsettle the team unity, with the clear preference for the news to not be leaked until Spain’s involvement had finished.
Zidane made the shock decision to resign after winning an unprecedented third successive Champions League title.
And Lopetegui will profit from Zidane’s decision, with the 51-year-old agreeing a three-year deal at the Bernabeu.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”