Zinedine Zidane happy to have his feet up

The 51-year-old took charge of Spain after Euro 2016 - and signed a new extension until 2020 just last month - but the appointment means the impending World Cup in Russian Federation will be his only major tournament in charge of the national team.

Julen Lopetegui has been named as Real Madrid's new manager.

That's according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague who admits he was surprised by the news.

The short statement also added that the Basque will take up his role after the World Cup, which starts on Thursday and finishes on July 15, with Spain among the favourites to reach the final in Moscow.

"I've got my feet up and am feeling good", Zidane told AFP at the inauguration of a playground in Saint Denis, the north Parisian suburb that is home to the Stade de France where he starred for the French team that won the 1998 World Cup.

Just minutes ago, Real announced that Spain manager Julen Lopetegui will assume the reigns of Los Blancos after the World Cup.

Zinedine Zidane, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles, stepped down in May, saying the club needs "a different voice".

And it comes just three days before the 2010 World Cup winners begin their campaign in Russian Federation, as they face Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

But Madrid had finished a distant third as Barcelona took the honours in LaLiga, and Lopetegui will be charged with closing what was a 17-point gap. Again, far from ideal.

His appointment comes as shock given his poor record at FC Porto during his previous club management stint where he was sacked without winning any silverware after two years - after being entrusted with the club's largest budget in their history. That run includes a 3-0 victory at home to Italy (and a 1-1 draw away) in qualifying, plus a 6-1 thrashing of an Argentina side without Lionel Messi in March.