Julen Lopetegui has been sacked from his position as head coach of the Spanish national team following his announcement as the new manager of Real Madrid. According to the Spanish football federation (RFEF), the 51-year-old was sacked because he didn’t inform them of the deal with Madrid.
“I know it’s a very difficult situation. I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said.
“I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.
“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”
Lopetegui’s sack is coming just two days to Spain’s game against Portugal at the Russia 2018 world cup.
Lopetegui replaces Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s coach.
The Spanish giants announced Lopetegui signing on their official website on Tuesday. They said:
“Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup,”
“Real Madrid C. F. announces that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years of leading the national team.”