BREAKING: Julen Lopetegui faces Spain axe one day before World Cup

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui could be axed one day before the World Cup after being confirmed as the new Real Madrid manager on Tuesday, according to multiple reports from Spain.

Lopetegui and RFEF president Luis Rubiales are set to speak to the media on Wednesday morning.

Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui is to be their next head coach, replacing Zinedine Zidane after his shock resignation.

The 51-year-old will take over the European champions after this summer’s World Cup in Russia having agreed a three-year deal at the Bernabeu.

Zidane resigned five days after guiding Real to a third successive Champions League victory last month.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.

“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”