Sacked Spain coach Julen Lopetegui admits he is “very sad” about his shock departure from the World Cup.
The 51-year-old was relieved of his duties on the eve of the tournament after Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales learned – just five minutes before the official announcement was made – of his deal to become Real Madrid manager after the tournament.
“I am very sad, but hoping that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win,” Lopetegui told reporters from Cadena SER and COPE as left Krasnodar airport for a flight to Madrid.
Former Spain coach Javier Clemente has accused Rubiales of being “clueless” in his role.
“Speaking in football terms, in terms of what a club is and what sports management is, Rubiales is clueless,” he told radio station Onda Vasca.
“He is a rookie and his arguments are always a bit dictatorial.”