Spain manager Julen Lopetegui sacked two days before opening match

Lopetegui 51 said he wished federation chief Luis Rubiales

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui sacked two days before opening match

"It was an absurd reaction of misunderstanding and pride, which was aimed at hurting the prestige of Real Madrid", he said. "We have been compelled to make this decision".

"All of the Spanish coaches would like in the future to become national team manager". What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.

A decision on a replacement is unlikely to be made until after the upcoming World Cup after Lopetegui was sacked just two days before Spain kick-off the tournament. "But this is the happiest day", he said.

"I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do", said Rubiales. "The act will take place at 7:00 pm CEST at the Santiago Bernabeu presidential box.". I am clear that the only motive to announce it was to be honest and transparent.

"I've been at all the training sessions, in the day-to-day we've been present and I can't change anything in these two days".

"He is a professional, but this is not correct and we can't look the other way".

"I have a ton of confidence in our players and the work they have put in over the past few years". "We survived with the strength of the squad, the team and that strength can make them world champions".

The 27-year-old Spain global has been earning huge amounts of praise for his strong performances for Manchester United recently and it seems that the transfer talk linking him with a move to Real Madrid won't be going away any time soon.

Rubiales, though, insists the squad is entirely focused on Friday's match against Portugal in Sochi. "The national team is the most important we have, the WC is the biggest of all", he further added.

Real Madrid legend Hierro meanwhile he will "bravely" take on the challenge of managing his country.

"They realised very quickly that Jurgen Klopp has got a very close link with Liverpool and they couldn't get him out of there".

The Newcastle boss has an impressive record in club management with the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid before taking over at St James' Park in 2016.

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