Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid break silence, reveal next action

Posted June 15, 2018

"Come on, it feels like a funeral".

Still, Real can be relaxed about their hand in the matter and now have a coach without World Cup distractions and a full pre-season. "But a series of events mean we are here today".

An hour after that, the RFEF then posted their own reaction as they announced that Real would have to pay the €2 million release clause for Lopetegui, who had just signed a new long-term contract with La Roja on May 22 .

Mourinho said that his dismissal from the national team should not affect Spain's chances at this summer's tournament but that he does feel some sympathy for the 51-year-old. "The sooner we foget about this, the better". "We can have different opinions, but we are a solid unit". I told the federation president about the agreement, which both sides were free to make.

The opportunity now falls to Hierro, who went out of his way to reiterate that very little was going to change.

"If it is true what I read that the president of the federation was informed a couple of minutes before the club [Real Madrid] made it official then it is a unusual process". We know quite clearly what we want.

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"We won't deviate an iota from our footballing concepts".

The Iberian clasico goes to Spain, who take care of the Euro 2016 in rather convincing fashion, with a superior defense the main difference. His own pedigree as a manager, limited to one Segunda Division campaign at Oviedo, is not particularly relevant here.

And, while there will be much anger at the behaviour of Madrid and also Lopetegui, the decision to remove the coach after a two-year process despite the fact he was supported by the players surely leaves Spain much worse off than they would have been had he stayed. A centre-back with endless composure and smooth passing skills, he played over 500 times for Los Blancos, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.

Egypt is making its first World Cup appearance in 28 years and its success will depend on the health of Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star who injured his shoulder in the Champions League final.

"There is not a single reason to get rid of him by Spain", Perez said. Not just because there simply isn't time to do so, but because he was a key part of what Lopetegui built (especially in the final few months) and some of the big selection decisions that were made, like leaving out Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas.

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