Madrid president Florentino Perez has come out to say his club didn’t at any point in time were disloyal to the Spanish Federation after naming Julen Lopetegui as their new coach directly before the World Cup.
Lopetegui was the chosen one to succeed Madrid Legend, Zinedine Zidane but the decision didn’t go down well with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.
The 51-year-old was then sensationally sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup, with Rubiales claiming he had only been given the courtesy of a “20-second” conversation with Perez to discuss the move.
Perez hit out at Rubiales and insisted Madrid did nothing wrong in their approach for Lopetegui, comparing his arrival to Louis van Gaal and Antonio Conte being appointed by clubs despite leading national teams to major tournaments.
“We made an agreement in just a few hours,” Perez told the media. “An agreement to work together after the World Cup, respecting the clauses of his contract. We wanted to make this agreement quickly before the World Cup to make it transparent to avoid any speculation and rumours.
“There is no precedence that a manager agrees to become manager of a team after a competition and that agreement has somehow been interpreted as disloyal. If you think that this agreement is disloyal, well, that’s not how we do things in the 21st century in Spain. It’s not true at all.