Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rubiales: There's no mutiny after Spain's Lopetegui sacking

Rubiales: There's no mutiny after Spain's Lopetegui sacking

The Spanish federation on Wednesday chose to sack coach Julen Lopetegui after he agreed to take over as manager of Real Madrid once the World Cup ended.

According to Rubiales, Lopetegui left the Spanish federation and his players in the dark over his new move.

The Spanish football association (RFEF) announced the sacking of national team coach Julen Lopetegui in a press conference on Wednesday. "We wish you the greatest of luck", said Rubiales to (via BBC Sport).

The RFEF requests the maximum respect to maintain the normality in the concentration of the national team at the doors of our debut in the tournament against Portugal.

The club released a statement this afternoon to that effect which said: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".

"There are somethings more important than the sporting side of things, such as values and how things are done".

Lopetegui - who previously managed Porto - led his country to 28 points from a possible 30 as they cruised to top spot in their World Cup qualifying group.

Spain begin their campaign with a clash against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

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"I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual", Hernandez told sports daily Marca.

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The surprise news of Lopetegui's appointment as Zinedine Zidane's successor at Real Madrid took the Spanish FA by surprise on Tuesday, as they were unaware that their head coach was staging talks with Bernabeu chiefs.

"Rubiales feels betrayed and his anger has only increased as the hours have passed".

"We want to thank Julen for all he's done and he's a big reason behind us being in Russian Federation, but we feel obliged to dispense with his services", he said.

The 51-year-old will depart without having ever lost a match as Spain's senior coach.

Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper who represented both Madrid and Barcelona during his playing days, has signed a three-year deal with the Spanish club.

"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes and not take the necessary decisions".

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