Six of Spain's 23 players in Lopetegui's World Cup squad are Real stars, and the former Spain U19, U20 and U21 coach has also worked with a few of the club's younger players, such as Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente and Borja Mayoral, at youth level. "We have been compelled to act". "Now more than ever (we must) be with our players".
What do you make of Lopetegui's appointment as new Real's boss?
"If it had been up to Julen it wouldn't have happened in this way and I wouldn't have found out five minutes beforehand".
Speaking to the media, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales expressed dissatisfaction over Lopetegui not informing the association members regarding his decision to take over the reigns as Real Madrid coach.
The Spanish giants announced that the current Spanish national team boss Julen Lopetegui will take up the role at the Bernabeu after his commitment with them ends after this summer's World Cup in 2018.
"It's a similar situation here; he already had the contract signed with the Spain national team for two more years, but Real Madrid, who couldn't get Mauricio Pochettino, made a decision to go for him, and two days before the beginning of the World Cup they announce it". There is a lot to do. "Winning is important, but above that, we need to know how things have to be handled".
"What we will do is touch as little as possible the national camp", Rubiales said.
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His plane from Russian Federation is scheduled to land in Spain around 1am BST Thursday morning.
Of course, with Lopetegui joining Barcelona's El Clasico rivals, it's no wonder Xavi agrees with the decision to get rid of him ahead of the World Cup. Zidane announced his surprising resignation two weeks ago.
"It is a nice challenge and an exciting one", Hierro said.
"The players are very focused and they have told me they are fully committed and will give 100 per cent". A well-decorated player for both Spain's national team and Real Madrid - he appeared in four World Cups, two European Championships and won three Champions League titles - Hierro was the national team's sporting director in the run-up to the World Cup.
"We have been forced to do without Lopetegui".
"I have been at all the other training sessions and have been present day to day". He was sacked after failing to win a title during nearly two years in Portugal.