Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales announced on Wednesday the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui as national coach at a press conference.
The announcement came a day after Real Madrid announced the signing of the coach for the next season.
The announcement came as a surprise to the Spanish football team, who are currently staying in Krasnodar preparing for the biggest tournament of football. They will face Portugal next Friday.
" The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.," Rubiales said.
It is a surprise that a coach leaves the team before the World Cup, but unfortunately, that is the case. The surprise is huge. Everything that happened in the past two days has invited an unpredictable storm.
Julen Lopetegui is yet to make a statement on his removal as Spain’s head coach, and of course, his substitute has to be announced within hours.