Former La Rojo manager Julen Lopetegui, who was unbeaten during his reign as Spain’s head coach, was sacked by Royal Spanish Football Federation just a day before the FIFA World Cup 2018. The reason being the announcement by Real Madrid board that the Spaniard is going to be the successor of Zinedine Zidane. Zizou gave resignation as the head coach of Real Madrid just after 5 days, when he created history by winning 3 consecutive Champions League final as a coach.
The new boss has already submitted the list of players he wants in and out of the squad for the next season, to the President of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez.
The trio of Isco, Asensio, and Vazquez, had a great time under Zidane seems to be the first choice for the Spaniard too.
Lopetegui wants Neymar Jr. to replace the five-time Ballon d’or Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Barcelona man has been heavily linked with Los Blancos. It is believed by few football experts that the Brazilian’s move to PSG is a plot by him so that he can go on to join his dream club.
It seems Neymar doesn't appreciate questions on links to Real Madrid! pic.twitter.com/oKxyqj1jtb
— Goal (@goal) November 23, 2017
Former Spurs man Gareth Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final is another man Lopetegui wants out. Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke said, “United and Jose don’t need to look at the World Cup. No player suits us more than Gareth Bale” in an interview.
However, the Wales star is determined to make it to the playing X1 under the new boss.
Another spot where Lopetegui needs improvement is in goal, Real Madrid has been searching for a new shot-stopper from long back when United’s no.1 David de Gea transfer failed due to a broken fax machine. Spain’s de Gea and Brazil’s Allison Becker are the top targets of Lopetegui. Roma rejected Madrid’s last bid of €55 million and would be seeking close to €80 million.
According to expess.co.uk, there have been rumors that Madrid’s president also enquired Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah to which Liverpool responded, €150m (£131m) AND goalkeeper Keylor Navas.