Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui on Sevilla shortlist

Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is on the Sevilla shortlist for their vacant managerial position, report ABC de Sevilla.

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.

It follows on from a report from Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio that Sevilla’s city rivals Real Betis have initiated contact with the 52-year-old following the exit of Quique Setien.

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.

Former Roma boss Eusebio Di Franscesco has also been linked to Sevilla, with Joaquin Caparros confirmed as not continuing in the role next season.

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