Del Bosque: Lopetegui is ready for Real Madrid job

The former Spain boss has backed his countryman's ability to manage Los Blancos

Julen Lopetegui is ready for the Real Madrid job and his move will not impact his work with Spain at the World Cup, according to Vicente del Bosque.

Lopetegui was named as Zinedine Zidane's successor at the European champions in a surprise announcement on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old signed a three-year deal at Madrid and will take over after the World Cup .

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Del Bosque, who managed both Madrid and Spain, feels former Porto coach Lopetegui will not let the announcement hinder his side in Russia this summer. 

"I am convinced that Lopetegui will do the same role, it will not affect him," he told Onda Cero .

The 67-year-old was also pleased that Madrid turned to another Spanish manager, and believes the 51-year-old is ready to take the helm for Los Blancos. 

He added: "I always lean towards the Spanish coaches. I think Lopetegui is ready to train Real Madrid."

Lopetegui will lead a Spain side considered among the World Cup favourites in Russia, where they face Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B.

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