Balague also recalled how close Lopetegui came to taking over at Wolves in 2016, before the national team came calling.
The goalkeeper will turn 28 this season, and it's hard to believe he won't be eyeing up more top honours while he's still the best.
Real Madrid are thought to be interested in the former Atletico Madrid shot stopper as los Blancos look to find a replacement for Keylor Navas.
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Isco are all currently working under Lopetegui as they were named in his 23-man Spain squad. Loves Ronaldo. Didn't like Bale playing ahead of Isco and Assensio. La Liga is totally different to the Premier League. I stopped to make a parenthesis.
Lopetegui won the U19 Euros in 2012 and then the U21 Euros in 2013.
He managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level before moving to Porto.
Real Madrid have announced that Julian Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup. The promise of world-class signings?
The 40-year-old has been a constant feature for Italy since making his debut in 1997 and holds the record for the most international appearances having appeared 176 times for his country.
"Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons".
The search to replace Zinedine Zidane, who left after guiding Real to a third-straight Champions League title, lasted almost two weeks, with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp among the names reportedly in the frame.
Previously, French manager Zinidine Zidane shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation from Real Madrid.
Benzema has admitted that he has not received an explanation from France coach Didier Deschamps regarding his international exile and it appears unlikely that he will feature at a major competition again.
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