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Lopetegui doesn’t regret signing for Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 11: Head coach Julen Lopetegui of Real Madrid CF looks on from the bench prior to start the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy between Real Madrid CF and AC Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 11, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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In an interview this Monday for Onda Cero, Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui confirmed that he regrets nothing about his Spain fiasco.

Looking more in detail to the way things went down when Julen Lopetegui got sacked from the Spanish National Team just days before the World Cup after signing for Real Madrid, there are many ways in which one can judge what happened but things were pretty clear from the outside. Julen Lopetegui went behind Spanish Federation president Luis Rubiales’ back, and agree to become the new Real Madrid manager with Florentino Perez. This angered the chairman and he decided to not think about Spain’s best interest but his own, so he decided to sack Julen Lopetegui without thinking of the effect that this decision could have on the national team during the World Cup. The tournament was a disaster for Spain because of this, and Lopetegui was presented as the Real Madrid manager just days after the news first broke around the world.

Now that a little time has passed and Julan Lopetegui is doing great at Real Madrid, it was time for him to talk more openly about the whole situation but he still refused to go into many more details. All Lopetegui will agree on is that he did nothing wrong, he is convinced that he never went on Rubiales’ back and this was just a possing contest that the federation president didn’t want to lose against Florentino. Sadly for the manager, he was caught right in the middle of everything and he was the one who went through the worst moments of the whole situation. This Monday night, the Real Madrid manager sat down with renowned journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena from the radio show better known as El Transistor, which is a program for Spanish news outlet Onda Cero. The interviews De La Morena usually conducts are usually pretty serious and can get a little controversial, mainly because the journalist engages the subjects with a hard line of questioning.

For De la Morena the most obvious question was related to what really happened between Luis Rubiales and Julen Lopetegui, but the Real Madrid manager was limited in his answers because he clearly doesn’t want to create any more problems with this. However, Lopetegui did seem a bit eager to finally speak about the subject publicly and decided to let out a couple of gems that made the headlines throughout Spain and the rest of the world. The manager started with the most obvious answer he was going to give the journalist: “I regret nothing, I did everything in an honest manner and I would make the same decision if I had to do it again. We did what we had to do by saying yes to Real Madrid. We were always responsible because we considered that was the path we had to take for the benefit of all the national team players,” said Julen at first before he started going a little bit more into detail.

Then he continued by saying: “Everything happened the way it did, I already explained myself during my presentation and I don’t want to look back. I don’t stop to think about it, what’s done is done and I would do it all over again because I feel like I did it the right way. But that is old news now, not only in the way it happened but also inside my head. I don’t feel the need to reminisce about the past, I’m relaxed and happy because I am the Real Madrid manager. What I did was to say yes to Real Madrid without changing my commitment to the national team and always thinking about the objectives we had at the moment. The farewell with all the players was very emotional, but that will remain between us. Now being Real Madrid’s manager is a huge challenge and it makes me very happy. I feel very grateful to all the football players and to the Federation as well. But what happened cannot be changed back though,” he finished without mentioning Rubiales by name during his whole statement about the subject.

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