Julen Lopetegui finally speaks out after Spain World Cup sacking

  • Julen Lopetegui finally speaks out after Spain World Cup sacking

Julen Lopetegui finally speaks out after Spain World Cup sacking

The Federation had announced a few days ago that Lopetegui would leave the role after the World Cup, but it was reported that Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales was so angry that he was prepared to fire him immediately.

Real Madrid have confirmed Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane's successor, the 51-year-old taking over Los Blancos after the World Cup.

'The negotiations [between Lopetegui and Real Madrid] have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release.

"I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act". Last month, Lopetegui agreed to extend his contract with the national team through 2020.

Rubiales claimed he was left with little option after Lopetegui was named as the next head coach of Real Madrid, claiming those discussions took place without the RFEF's knowledge and that he only found out minutes before Los Blancos made their official announcement.

Spain play their first Group stage match against Portugal on Friday.

"We're all hurt by this situation, I've told the players my reasons for doing it and they understand".

There were also rumours the team's senior players, including captain Sergio Ramos, had called for the former Porto coach to stay in charge for the tournament.

But now Rubiales must find a new coach just two days before the team begins its World Cup campaign, and it is unclear whether he even has a replacement in mind.

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The planned media conference on Wednesday was delayed by more than an hour while Rubiales reportedly held last-minute talks with Lopetegui.

"He will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".

We wish you the greatest of luck. Del Bosque had led La Roja to a almost unprecedented run of success, with its 2010 World Cup championship sandwiched between European titles in 2008 and 2012.

"I admire and respect Lopetegui a lot".

"It is clear to me that this was poorly handled and that the national team will be harmed by it", Spain fan Jordi Casares said.

Rubiales took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for almost three decades.