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Spain News: Lopetegui signs new deal

6 months ago

In the latest Spain news, Julen Lopetegui has put pen to paper on a contract extension with the national side until 2020.

The 51-year-old was appointed as Spain boss following their disappointing round-of-16 exit at Euro 2016 and is yet to taste defeat in 18 matches.

Lopetegui has overseen 13 victories and five draws as he ensured Spain comfortably qualified for the 2018 World Cup. They finished ahead of Italy to top their qualifying group, courtesy of nine wins and one draw, netting 36 times and conceding just three.

Spain can be backed at 6/1 to win the tournament with bet365 and they take on Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B as they attempt to lift their second World Cup, having last won the tournament in 2010 under Vicente del Bosque.

Lopetegui said: “I want to thank the Federation and the president for the confidence they’ve shown in me and the coaching team.

“We arrived with the mentality of working hard and we’ll continue with the mentality of working hard.

“We’re pleased with what we’ve done and we’re excited about what’s to come.”

Spain are expected to mount a serious challenge at the showpiece event in Russia and Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists it was easy to hand out a new deal.

Rubiales said: “We were clear on this, we couldn’t allow Julen and his team to get away.

“The professional admiration and respect for him is huge. The work Lopetegui has done in these two years is brilliant.

“It took us five minutes to finalise things. It was very easy. It’s the best for the national team.”

Lopetegui has tasted glory previously with Spain’s youth teams after leading the Under-19s and Under-21s to victory at the European Championship.

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