• Madrid said on Tuesday Lopetegui to take over after World Cup
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Julen Lopetegui has been removed as Spain manager a day after it emerged that he had agreed to take over at Real Madrid after the World Cup.
Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League holders and it was decided that in the circumstances it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.
Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job