Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Real Madrid's Florentino Perez calls Spain firing Julen Lopetegui an 'absurd reaction'

Real Madrid's Florentino Perez calls Spain firing Julen Lopetegui an 'absurd reaction'

Speaking at his presentation to the media, an emotional Lopetegui said he made efforts to ensure the RFEF was informed of the agreement, which was meant to take him to Madrid after Spain's World Cup campaign.

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"It completely surprised me, I don't know the background of the decision, but two days before the first World Cup game - it's wonderful", admitted Germany coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday as the news first broke.

"There is not a single reason to get rid of him by Spain", Perez said.

"It was an absurd reaction of misunderstanding and pride, which was aimed at hurting the prestige of Real Madrid", said Perez. Lopetegui was unbeaten in his 20 matches in charge of the national team.

"We are convinced that we acted in an absolutely honest and clear way".

There had been fears that the announcement of Lopetegui's appointment by Real could open up old divisions between the Madrid and Barcelona factions in the Spain squad.

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"We reached an agreement very quickly, in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation during the tournament".

"I don't think it will be a huge disadvantage", Real star Kroos commented at Germany's team base. The sooner we focus on the World Cup, the better.

"We are going to continue down the path we've followed these past two years", he said.

Ramos with the World Cup trophy.

He described the day he was sacked as "the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother", and the 51-year-old former goalkeeper will surely find it hard to watch Friday's match.

The former Spain under 21 boss told the players to concentrate on the national team and not on their club teams, even with some of them considering their futures and needing to sort out transfers. "I would like to finish this press conference with a smile because it feels like we are at a funeral and tomorrow the World Cup starts". "We know how important he is, he is a constant danger", admitted Ramos of his Real Madrid colleague.

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