Following the sack of the newly appointed Real Madrid manager, Julen Lopetegui as Spain’s coach, the European champions have come out to speak on their role in the events leading up to the sack.
According to the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, while presenting the new manager to the public, the announcement was made to avoid the news being leaked and disrupt the unity in the Spain national team set up.
“Real Madrid reached an agreement with Lopetegui in a matter of hours, exercising both parties’ liberties and always respecting the clauses and terms of his contract. We thought it should be concluded prior to the World Cup starting in the name of transparency.”
“This is a first in footballing history, that a national coach, having come to an agreement with another team, has been considered to have behaved in a disloyal manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. We made our agreement public before the World Cup kicked off in order to avoid it being leaked, and for transparency to prevail”.
“I’m surprised because this decision could affect a dressing room full of players who aspire to win it and be crowned world champions. There is no justifiable argument as to why Lopetegui shouldn’t be leading the national team out tomorrow. We’re sorry they have not allowed him to fight for this great dream but today is a big day for everyone. We’re signing a wonderful coach and can’t wait to keep writing history together”.
“I always maintain that the most important thing is unity at Real Madrid. We have to keep working hard to face up to a movement which does nothing but attempt to harm the image of our club despite us enjoying one of the most successful periods in our history”.