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Julen Lopetegui has been named the new manager just weeks after committing his future to ‘s national team.

Lopetegui signed a deal until 2020 on May 22 but Real Madrid have swooped for his services and he has agreed to join the Spanish giants after the World Cup.

The 51-year-old represented Barcelona as a player for three years but will now take charge of their bitter rivals.

Real Madrid said in an official announcement: ‘Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup.

Stunning news from the Spain camp ahead of the World Cup where Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss on the eve of the World Cup after Spanish FA chiefs were left furious following his announcement as Real Madrid boss.

Spain hastily called a press conference as reports emanated that the head of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, was left outraged by the timing of the announcement.

Following a bizarre morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales for Lopetegui to keep his job, it was decided that the manager’s position had become untenable.

Santi Cazorla will spend pre-season with former club Villarreal in a bid to regain full fitness following his Achilles operation, the La Liga club have announced.

The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.

Cazorla came up through the youth ranks at Villarreal and made 241 first-team appearances for the club before moving to Malaga in 2011, and then onto the Gunners a year later.

A Villarreal statement read:

‘Santi Cazorla returns home.

According to reports in England Zinedine Zidane walked away from Real Madrid after a dispute with club president Florentino Perez over their transfer targets.

Zidane stunned the footballing world when he sensationally quit Madrid just days after landing an historic Champions League hat-trick.

Reports in The Sun newspaper suggest that Zidane, who said he felt it was the right time to go in his press conference last week had a difference of opinion with Real president Florentino Pérez over summer transfer targets.

According to the paper, Zidane told Perez his top transfer choice this summer was Eden Hazard from Chelsea but the Real president said no.

Antoine Griezmann has ‘informed close friends’ that he intends to remain at Atletico Madrid despite being courted by La Liga champions Barcelona.

Griezmann, who is away with the France squad preparing for the World Cup, has decided not to force through a move to the Nou Camp, according to ABC.

Barca have long been linked with Griezmann, who has a release clause of €100million in his Atletico contract.

The reports in Spain continue to say that Griezmann will see his loyalty rewarded with a new contract which would make him one of the highest-paid players in Europe.

Barcelona have nullified interest in rising star Samuel Umtiti by tying him down to a new five-year contract at the Nou Camp, which includes a staggering £438m release clause.

Umtiti’s previous contract would have allowed the Frenchman to leave for as little as £52.5m and was attracting interest from suitors such as Manchester United.

But now the 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a long-term deal and enormous release clause to keep him at the Nou Camp until 2023.

Umtiti signed the new contract on Monday morning, which was swiftly followed by a press conference with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Sadio Mane was close to joining Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane resigned as manager – but the deal could still be revived this summer, according to reports in France.

The Liverpool striker is reported to have been the first major signing lined up by Real Madrid on the back of them winning a third successive Champions League, beating Mane’s Liverpool in the final.

Despite that European success, Real finished 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, leading the club to plan a major overhaul of the first team squad.

There has been whispers for months that Real Madrid insiders were worried that Zinedine Zidane would quit at the end of the season. But when the first choice to replace him, Mauricio Pochettino, signed a new deal at Tottenham Hotspur recently those worries seemed unfounded.

But Zidane shocked the football world on Thursday with the announcement that he is quitting as Real Madrid manager just days after becoming the first coach to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons.

Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and despite his European success has come under pressure for winning only one La Liga title during his two and a half years in charge.

Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish European Super Cup on August 15 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Atleti’s 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille in the Europa League Final was followed by Madrid beating Liverpool 3-0 to lift the Champions League.

The match will be played at Tallinn’s LilleKule Arena, marking the first time both sides will contest an official game in Estonia. The ground – also known for sponsorship reasons as A Le Coq Arena – has a capacity of 10,000, which is set to be expanded for the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock claim that he could leave Real Madrid was reportedly met with ‘absolute bewilderment’ by his club and teammates.

Speaking at the end of the game, Ronaldo said:

‘In the coming days there will be answer about my future. It has been very nice playing for Real Madrid.’

According to AS, the ‘bomb’ dropped by Ronaldo as soon as Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Champions League on Saturday ‘spoiled’ the Final and ‘caused a deep malaise’, with his colleagues agreeing ‘it wasn’t the day’ to make such a declaration.