Why Julen Lopetegui was appointed — Real Madrid

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The Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new job five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in "a very hard situation".

"I am very sad, but hoping that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win", the 51-year-old said as he left Krasnodar airport for a flight to Madrid.

His decision to take the job angered senior figures within the Spanish FA, particularly the recently appointed president, Luis Rubiales, who was only made aware a matter of minutes before it was publicly announced by Real.

"The negotiation occurred without the RFEF having any information".

"Lopetegui has been a great coach, but we can't accept this behaviour", he added.

Spanish national team defender Gerard Pique is calling upon his team to emulate the 1989 MI basketball team ahead of this year's World Cup.

"We have to chose to fire the national coach [Lopetegui]".

Spain's football federation on Wednesday announced that Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties as Spain manager.




"I've been at all the training sessions, in the day-to-day we've been present and I can't change anything in these two days".

"I have a lot of affection and admiration for Julen Lopetegui and his work and I wish him the best in his new adventure [with Madrid]".

Spain blitzed through qualifying, earning 28 points from a possible 30, and they're the bookies' second favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.

The announcement comes just three days before Spain plays its first match in the upcoming Russian World Cup 2018.

"We're all hurt by this situation, I've told the players my reasons for doing it and they understand". We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.

Rubiales said the players, who Spanish media said had tried to dissuade him from such drastic action, had vowed to give everything for the team.

Now it will proceed with a void at the top, with Lopetegui's replacement yet to be determined.

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his time in the Spain dugout, guiding his team to 14 wins and six draws from 20 matches, and he signed a new two-year contract to take him through to Euro 2020 in May.

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