Julen Lopetegui has been formally unveiled as the brand new manager of Real Madrid after he was sacked by Spain on eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Spanish Football Federation (SFF) sacked Lopetegui on Wednesday after he was introduced as subsequent Real Madrid coach on Tuesday regardless of having dedicated his future to Spain’s nationwide workforce by signing a deal till 2020.
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales claimed he was solely conscious Lopetegui had agreed on a deal 5 minutes earlier than Real introduced it.
Talking at his unveiling at a press convention on Thursday night, the previous Real goalkeeper, mentioned: ‘We’ll try to win every part. I simply need to thank everybody, I really feel like a part of the Real household. Yesterday, after the loss of life of my mom, was the saddest of my life, however at this time is the happiest day of my life.’
Earlier than Lopetegui spoke, Real president Florentino Perez accused the Spanish FA of ‘disrespecting’ Real and making an attempt to ‘destroy our picture’ in a rare assertion.
He mentioned: ‘We needed to have this act after the World Cup, a profitable World Cup for our nationwide workforce. Nonetheless circumstances imply we’re right here now, and we’re delighted to welcome the brand new manager of our workforce.
‘I do know for you, Julen, at this time is a day of plenty of emotions, unusual emotions, as you needed to be world champion, you needed to make Spain champion of the world after which be manager of your expensive Real Madrid.
‘Inevitably there shall be some feedback about what has occurred, however Real and Julen made an settlement to work collectively after the World Cup, respecting his contract. We needed to do it earlier than the World Cup to make it clear and keep away from rumours.
‘There is no such thing as a precedent manager agrees to develop into manager of a workforce after a contest and that settlement has been interpreted as disloyal. When you suppose it’s, properly, that isn’t how we do issues in fashionable Spain. It isn’t true in any respect.
‘We needed to make it clear and clear to forestall leaks that would injury Spain through the World Cup. This settlement appeared all regular, however then it was a response of satisfaction from the FA president which has disrespected Real Madrid.