Real Betis contact former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui

Real Betis have made contact with former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui over their vacant position as Coach, according to reports.

Lopetegui has been out of work since being dismissed by Madrid at the end of October following a 5-1 El Clasico loss against Barcelona – leaving the club languishing in ninth place in La Liga after ten matches.

Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that Los Verdiblancos have initiated contact with the 52-year-old.

Lopetegui’s appointment at the outgoing European champions came in acrimonious circumstances, coming on the eve of the World Cup, where he was set to manage the Spanish national team, last summer.

The Spanish FA took the decision to dismiss Lopetegui two days before their opener against Portugal, after his appointment by Madrid was announced without their knowledge.

Earlier this month, Lopetegui was linked by El Mundo Deportivo with taking over the Bayern Munich job this summer from Niko Kovac.

The report in Di Marzio also claims Betis have made a €20m offer for Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka along with Ryad Boudebouz, who is currently on loan at the Galician club from the Seville-based team.

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