Real Madrid accuse Spain of ‘absurd reaction’ over Lopetegui sacking

Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach for next three seasons

Luis Rubiales, announced on Wednesday that coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked, just two days before La Roja's Russian Federation 2018 debut.

And in a sensational development 24 hours later, Spain announced that Lopetegui had been sacked, with Fernando Hierro set to take over the reins for the finals.

Real unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui, who had only recently extended his contract with Spain and was unbeaten in his 20 games in charge, would take over next season.

Lopetegui and Perez informed Rubiales just five minutes before Real's announcement, only three days before their first World Cup game, and the RFEF felt it was "unacceptable".

"The Spanish team is the team of all Spain", Rubiales said.

"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken", he said.

The national team's sporting director, and former Spain captain, Fernando Hierro now takes over on an interim basis for the World Cup and he is likely to be assisted by Under-21 boss Albert Celades out in Russian Federation. "The national team is the most important we have, the WC is the biggest of all", he further added.

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Rubiales went on to say that he had heard the news "five minutes before Real Madrid announced it".

"I've been at all the training sessions, in the day-to-day we've been present and I can't change anything in these two days". We are working on it.

De Gea has always been linked with a move to Real Madrid and he was on the verge of completing a transfer to the Bernabeu in September 2015, before the deal fell through at the final hour.

Former team captain Fernando Hierro, already in Russia as Sporting Director, has been directed to take over as coach for the tournament, the federation said on its website. "It's not the best situation but at the same time, it unites them more and they give more of themselves, you never know".

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