Real Madrid have announced they will now go ahead with the unveiling of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager following his dismissal as Spain coach.
Lopetegui was dismissed just two days before the nation’s World Cup opener against Portugal after it emerged he was to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.
The 51-year-old, who flew into Madrid from Krasnodar last night, will be presented an hour after his stand-in Hierro undertakes a press conference in Russia.
A statement issued on the club’s official website, www.realmadrid.com, said, “Real Madrid CF will present Julen Lopetegui as the new first team manager today, Thursday June 14.
“The act will take place at 7:00 pm CEST at the Santiago Bernabeu presidential box.”
Lopetegui’s move to Real angered Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales, who said he was only told about it five minutes before Real confirmed the news publicly.
Lopetegui yesterday spoke about his shock departure from the World Cup.