Florentino Perez backs new Julen Lopetegui over Spain sacking
To his defence
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has explained why Julen Lopetegui’s Spain sacking was not justified after he agreed deal to join Los Blancos.
The Spanish boss was expected to take charge of the nations 2018 World Cup campaign but that took a huge twist this week.
That is because, following the announcement that Lopetegui would become Real Madrid boss next season, the decision was made to sack him.
This comes following suggestions from the Spain camp that this was done behind their back and disrupted the side.
Now, in his Real Madrid unveiling, Florentino Perez has backed his new manager over the incredible events this week.
“It’s inevitable there will be comments about what happened,” he explained, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“Real Madrid and Julen Lopetegui made an agreement in just a few hours, respecting the clauses of his contract.
“We thought, in order to make this agreement before the World Cup, to make it transparent, to avoid speculation and rumours.
“There’s no precedence that a manager agrees to be a manager after the competition, and that agreement has been interpreted as being disloyal.
“If you think it’s disloyal – well that’s not how we do things in the 21st century in Spain.
“it’s not true at all. There’s nothing that justifies Julen Loptegui not being on the bench in tomorrow’s game.
“But today is an important day for all of us. We have a man who is fulfilling one of his dreams. It’s a huge challenge that not many people get to face.
“I told the president of the federation, which both parts agreed.
“We had the legitimate agreements – it seemed all normal – and we then thought there would be a press conference between the president and Julen Lopetegui.
“Then it turned out to be about pride for the president, who has disrespected Real Madrid.
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June 14, 2018 at 11:58AM