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Del Bosque backs Lopetegui to succeed at Real Madrid

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Former Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has backed his successor Julen Lopetegui to be a success at Real Madrid following his appointment as the new head coach

The European champions stunned the football world on Tuesday evening by announcing that they had appointed Lopetegu as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement for next season on a three-year deal.

The 51-year-old will continue with his duties as the head coach of Spain for the World Cup and will officially begin his new role at the Santiago Bernabeu afterwards.

And Del Bosque, who himself used to be in charge of Real, is confident that his compatriot will be up to the task of leading the Spanish giants.

“I am convinced that Lopetegui will do the same role, it will not affect him,” he told Onda Cero, via Goal.

Del Bosque, who led Spain to the European and World championships in his time in charge of the national side, is pleased that Real have chosen a Spaniard as their new manager.

He added: “I always lean towards the Spanish coaches. I think Lopetegui is ready to train Real Madrid.”

Lopetegui will begin his final games in charge for Spain this week with the side set to face their Iberian neighbours Portugal on Friday in their Group B opener.

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