Spanish Football Federation chief feels betrayed by Julen Lopetegui, considered sacking him before Portugal match

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  • Spanish Football Federation chief Luis Rubiales is feeling betrayed by Julen Lopetegui’s decision to join Real Madrid just before the start of World Cup
  • Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor on Tuesday evening

La Liga giants Real Madrid have announced Julen Lopetegui as their new coach, a man who is currently the boss of Spanish national team and is supposed to be leading their charge at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the fact that Lopetegui recently signed a new deal with the national team which was due to run out in 2020, this Real Madrid News is nothing short of an earthquake just three days before Spain‘s big-ticket tournament opener against Portugal.

The latest Real Madrid news has caused such tremors in the Spanish Football Federation that suggestions of Lopetegui being sacked before the match against Portugal were also mooted, with Luis Rubiales, the federation chief said to be extremely angry with Real Madrid new manager.

Rubiales considered sacking Lopetegui before Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal

Rubiales, as reported by Marca, feels betrayed by the tactician and his anger hit the roof as the the news broke out on social media yesterday. Upon his Krasnodar, some federation members even asked him to dismiss Lopetegui from his position but a certain lobby was successful in calming down the federation supremo.

We will make the decision that best suits Spanish football,” Rubiales said, upon his arrival at Spain’s training camp in Krasnodar.

This is not the time to speak, but we will make the decision that best suits our selection criteria, we will do things responsibly.

In the end, a visibly annoyed and confused Rubiales was calmed down by some of his trusted men as some sense prevailed at the end of the day. Rubiales understands that Real Madrid needed a new coach and it wasn’t their fault, but doesn’t feel that it should have been made public.

In more Real Madrid Latest News, Lopetegui believes that he is capable of dealing with the pressure that the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat brings with itself but there is no doubt that he will be a major point of attention at the World Cup now.

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