Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed there is no justification behind Spain’s decision to sack Julen Lopetegui.
Perez was quick to defend his incoming manager, saying: “There’s no argument that justifies Julen Lopetegui not being on the Spain bench” (quotes from ESPN).
“We wanted to do this event after the World Cup, after another win by the national team. But a series of events mean we are here today.”
Perez is clearly disappointed that the events have reflected badly on Real.
“Real Madrid and Lopetegui made an agreement to work together, always respecting the clauses of all contracts. We reached an agreement very quickly [on Tuesday], in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation. I told the federation president about the agreement, which both sides were free to make.
“There was an absurd reaction of misunderstanding and pride, aimed hurting the prestige of Real Madrid and damaging the image of our club in one of greatest periods of our history.”
Spain replaced Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro, who takes charge of his side for the first time tonight, in their World Cup opener against Portugal.
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