Lopetegui set to take Real Madrid reins

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Lopetegui set to take Real Madrid reins

In what has been has been a dramatic day for Spanish football, the Country's FA made a decision to remove Lopetegui from his position as they were furious that he had agreed to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid next season on the eve of the World Cup, after previously committing his future to the national team. Former Spain great Fernando Hierro was named coach a short time later.

The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel.

Real Madrid had announced that Julen Lopetegui would be their coach after the World Cup, prompting Spain to axe Lopetegui. If anybody wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us, too.

Ahead of the World Cup, Lopetegui extended his contract as Spain coach until 2020 in what was a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites.

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But Real Madrid's surprise statement on Tuesday that Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to coach the three-time defending Champions League champions changed things.

Spain's first game at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup is against neighbours Portugal on Friday.

"We are going to touch as little as possible". We are working on it. "When we know we will tell you", Rubiales said.

"We are the national team".

"All this is a big blow, but we are training again later today, we will stay together and move forward", he said. "I know the circumstances and Julen's work has been fantastic and I wish him all the best", he said. He played in four World Cups with Spain, from 1990 to 2002, and in two European Championships, 1996 and 2000.

Comparing the Spanish turbulence with England's camp so far, Butland added: "I don't think we'll ever be in that situation". Rubiales said that although the federation's financial situation was not ideal, money was "not the most important thing in a moment like this".

And RFEF president Rubiales was understandably livid at a press conference: 'I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. We have been forced to make this decision.

Lopetegui became Spain manager in 2016 following Vicente del Bosque's retirement, and remained unbeaten through his reign.

Now a press conference will take place and it will clarify the position of the coach. But the situation is very hard.

"I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee that the new technical team will do everything they can".

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