‘Today is the happiest day of my life’ – Sacked Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui says as Real Madrid unveils him as next manager

‘Today is the happiest day of my life’ – Sacked Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui says as Real Madrid unveils him as next manager

Julen Lopetegui has been formally unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid after he was sacked by Spain on eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Spanish Soccer Federation (SFF)  sacked Lopetegui on Wednesday after he was introduced as next Real Madrid coach on Tuesday regardless of having dedicated his future to Spain’s nationwide group 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 former Real goalkeeper,  mentioned: ‘We are going to attempt to win every part. I simply wish to thank everybody, I really feel like half of the Real household. Yesterday, after the demise of my mom, was the saddest of my life, however right this moment is the happiest day of my life.’

Earlier than Lopetegui spoke, Real president Florentino Perez accused the Spanish FA of ‘disrespecting’ Real and trying to ‘destroy our picture’ in a unprecedented assertion.

He mentioned: ‘We needed to have this act after the World Cup, a profitable World Cup for our nationwide group. Nonetheless circumstances imply we’re right here now, and we’re delighted to welcome the new manager of our group.

‘I do know for you, Julen, right this moment is a day of loads 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 pricey Real Madrid.

‘Inevitably there will probably 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 precedent {that a} manager agrees to turn out to be manager of a group after a contest and that settlement has been interpreted as disloyal. In case you assume it is, nicely, that is not how we do issues in trendy Spain. It is not true in any respect.

‘We needed to make it clear and clear to stop leaks that would injury Spain throughout 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.



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