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News that Lopetegui would be joining Real Madrid had left many players indignant and perplexed, particularly those who do not play for the capital's team.
Lopetegui's shock departure has put La Roja in a hard situation, who have since announcedFernando Hierro as head coach for the World Cup in Russian Federation, but Xavi was not impressed by how things were handled.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced that the 51-year-old coach would join at the end of the 2018 World Cup.
Luis Rubiales, the Spanish FA's newly appointed president, is said to have been angered by the news that Lopetegui was set to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss next season.
"The coach, while he is a RFEF employee can not do things in this way". We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.
Meanwhile, Spanish giants Real Madrid have revealed that the former Spain national team coach will be unveiled later in the evening as the new club's head coach. If anybody wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us too, that is basic, as this is the team of all Spaniards. "It wasn't an easy situation but I think he did the right thing. When we know we will tell you", said Rubiales, who flew from Moscow - where the vote for the 2026 World Cup host was being held - to Spain's training base in Krasnodar, Russia. We have to work on a series of decisions that come two days before the beginning of the World Cup. "If I wasn't sure that we couldn't have a great tournament, I wouldn't be here", Hierro said.
The news is a remarkable twist on the eve of the World Cup, with Spain - one of the favourites to lift the trophy prior to this development - due to kick off their campaign against Iberian rivals Portugal on Friday evening. Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was "compelled to act" because of the betrayal. "We reached an agreement very quickly, in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation during the tournament".
"There has to be a message to all RFEF employees and there are ways of behaving that you need to abide by". I would change the reaction from Rubiales. "If not, the national team won't happen", he admitted.
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