Lopetegui: I did not speak to Ronaldo before he left Real Madrid

GIRONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Head coach Julen Lopetegui of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between Girona FC and Real Madrid CF at Montilivi Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui admits that he didn’t even have a chat with Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his departure this summer

The Portuguese superstar completed a €112m move to Juventus on July 10 before Lopetegui kick-started his pre-season preparations at the Santago Bernabeu.

It meant that the former Spain boss was unable to have the chance to even meet Ronaldo.

But Lopetegui now revealed that he was already aware of the 33-year-old’s desire to leave before he even agreed to take charge of Los Blancos.

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“I did not speak to him, it was a situation where he had already decided to leave and the club went along with this for a player who had been tremendous,” said Lopetegui, as quoted by Sport 360.

“They allowed this desire and restlessness that he had.

“I expressed from the start (the players I wanted). I thought the squad was fantastic, the players are very good in all areas of the pitch and capable to compete for titles.”

Lopetegui has won all three of his first games in charge of Real Madrid in La Liga with the club currently tied with Barcelona at the top of the standings.

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