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    Spain chief Luis Rubiales opens up on the sacking of Julen Lopetegui

    Shock sacking

    Spanish federation chief Luis Rubiales has opened up on the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup in Russia.

    It was announced this week that Lopetegui was to join Real Madrid after the World Cup following Zinedine Zidane’s departure.

    Though, no one told the Spain officials who were furious that Lopetegui has agreed a deal behind their backs.

    That lead to the Spanish federation taking the decision to sack him just days before their opening game with Portugal.

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    Now, Spain chief Luis Rubiales has opened up over their decision to sack Lopetegui.

    “The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards,” he explained, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. 

    “We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.

    “The federation cannot be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees, and find out just five minutes before a public announcement.

    “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.

    “The national team is the most important we have, the World Cup is the biggest of all.

    “There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case.”

    “We are going to touch as little as possible. We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.

    “All this is a big blow, but we are training again this afternoon, will stick together and move forward.

    “The players are very focused and they have told me they are fully committed, and will give 100 percent.

    “Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.”

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