Julen Lopetegui’s duties at Real Madrid

As soon as he arrives at Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui must decide, or at least give his opinion on, important issues such as the futures of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Keylor Navas, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Achraf and Borja Mayoral.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation is a much bigger matter, but the club they are convinced of his continuity, and the new coach admires the Portuguese and would like to work alongside him.

Lopetegui already knows the state of play with the different negotiations that Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez have been conducting.

In the next few days they must decide on players like Alvaro Odriozola and the name of the goalkeeper that will arrive this summer.

De Gea is the preferred choice, but the club know how complicated his signing is.

Conversations have been maintained with Alisson Becker, whose cost is reduced to 50 million euros rather than the 100m for United’s custodian, though the truth is that both Lopetegui and Perez want De Gea.

One of the most tense topics since the end of the Champions League final has been Bale’s situation.

The style of Lopetegui is more about touch, rather than the power and speed of the Welshman, but the club want him to stay.

Zinedine Zidane was the problem and without the Frenchman in the dressing room, the story could be quite different.

Lopetegui believes he already has a remarkable squad, but agrees with the leaders of the club that it’s necessary to reinforce certain positions.

Jesus Vallejo will be one player who will be delighted, for he knows the confidence that Lopetegui already has in him from their dealings in the national team.

Where he wants to reinforce the team is on the sides, and for those positions can expect the arrivals of Odriozola and potentially Alberto Moreno, who wants to leave Liverpool.

A midfielder and a striker are also desired, and he’s not against the possible arrival of Neymar because he believes the Brazilian would fit his way of understanding football with the ball under control.

Lopetegui considers the Brazilian one of the best in the world, capable of performing at a high level and integrating from the first day.