Former Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui was on Thursday unveiled as new Real Madrid Manager.
Lopetegui was sacked by the by the Spanish FA on Wednesday as the coach of the La Fuya Roja on the eve of the World Cup, after Real Madrid revealed that the 51-year-old had agreed to replace Zinedine Zidane as the club’s new manager.
Following the news, Spanish FA boss, Luis Rubiales, flew into the national team’s camp in Krasnodar, Russia, to talk with Lupetegui, before deciding to fire him. Rubiales condemned Lopetegui’s conduct, saying “we cannot accept how he has acted”. He claimed to have found out about the deal five minutes before Madrid made the announcement.
The former FC Porto coach, who fought back tears at his unveiling, said he handed contact with Real Madrid and his job as the former national team coach professionally.
He said, “No. Humiliation doesn’t depend on the person, it depends on you.
“I’m calm. We’re all quite calm. We acted honestly and professionally.
“If the president wants to act in a certain way, then I don’t know.
“We’ve acted professionally, honestly above all”.
He further said: “One of the nice things was the respect and affection shown to me by the players.
“I think respect is earned and we earned it. Me and my staff worked really hard, and they (Spanish FA) took our dream away from us.
“They, the players, have a great challenge ahead.
“They’re well prepared and hopefully we have that little bit of luck needed to win the World Cup.
“Would you turn back time? You can’t turn back time. We’re convinced what we’ve done is honest and clear.
“I would change the reaction, hours later, from Rubiales, but I can’t change that.
“It’s a futile exercise.
Lopetegui, who led Spain to 20-match unbeaten run before he was sacked, said he would try to win all the titles with Real Madrid.