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Real Madrid To Unveil Former Spain Coach Lopetegui As New Manager

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 23, 2018 coach of the Spanish football team Julen Lopetegui poses at Spain's Sport City in Las Rozas near Madrid. Julen Lopetegui will be the new Real Madrid coach after the World Cup the club announced on June 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Javier SORIANO

Just a day after he was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, arrived in Madrid on Thursday, where he will be officially presented as Real Madrid’s new manager.

Lopetegui landed at Madrid’s Barajas airport just before 5am (0300 GMT). He will be officially presented as Real new coach for the next three seasons at an event at the Spanish giants’ Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 7 pm (1700 GMT), the club said in a statement.

“I am very sad, but we have a magnificent team and hopefully we’ll win the World Cup,” Lopetegui told reporters on his departure from Spain’s training base in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

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