Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Fans fear for David De Gea after Real Madrid's shock announcement

So much so that as soon as Real Madrid made an official statement, the RFEF was forced to quickly send their own response to confirm that Lopetegui would step down from his role as Spain's national coach after the World Cup.

The French manager's leaving has thrown a significant spanner into Real Madrid's transfer plans, with the club now having to put their player recruitment on hold while they search for a new on-pitch leader.

The Spanish giants broke the news in a Tweet on Tuesday.

A statement from the club read, "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".

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He has done well through the levels with Spain, he is doing well now, and even though they have stuttered in some of the World Cup warm-up games, the football being played by Spain has been fantastic.

That debate generally focuses on Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has led Los Blancos to three straight Champions League titles.

La Roja kick off their campaign against Portugal on Friday and this news will now dominate all the pre-match and pre-tournament talk in the Spain camp.

Spain are the only team in Russian Federation who have remained undefeated from Euro 2016 to the World Cup.

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Real Madrid have won La Liga just once in the last six years, which for a club of their stature and spending, is a poor return despite their European success. Again, far from ideal.

The 51-year-old took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque. That run includes a 3-0 victory at home to Italy (and a 1-1 draw away) in qualifying, plus a 6-1 thrashing of an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in March.

Prior to that appointment, Lopetegui spent three seasons at Porto.

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