The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) surprised many when they fired Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here is how the manager reacted to the decision.
Earlier this week, Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui would be taking over as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, following Zinedine Zidane's exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.
It was then reported that RFEF president Luis Rubiales was angered as he was not informed of Real and Lopetegui's agreement, before the president revealed on Wednesday that he only found out about it five minutes before Los Blancos announced the 51-year-old as their new boss.
Lopetegui, who had a contract with Spain until 2020 prior to his sacking, has wished La Furia Roja good luck ahead of the tournament, but admitted he is hurt by Rubiales' decision to fire him.
"I am very said, but wishing that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win," he told Cadena SER.
"We have a magnificent team and I hope that we win the World Cup."
Lopetegui was unbeaten in his 20 games in charge of Spain, and now has the difficult task of following Zidane, who won three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, at Real.
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