"I am very sad, but hoping that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win", the 51-year-old said as he left Krasnodar airport for a flight to Madrid.
In a surprise move, Real Madrid announced that Spain manager Lopetegui would be taking over the reigns at the Santiago Bernabéu, picking up from the recently departed Zinedine Zidane, once he finishes his campaign with the national side in Russian Federation for the World Cup.
Luis Rubiales, the Spanish FA's newly appointed president, is said to have been angered by the news that Lopetegui was set to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid boss next season.
This news came after the Spanish Football Association sacked head coach Julian Lopetegui today after he was confirmed as the new boss of Real Madrid yesterday. "We wish you the greatest of luck", said Rubiales. 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. "There's a way to act that needs to be fulfilled".
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Iran have qualified for back-to-back World Cups for the first time and will be heading to their fifth World Cup finals. Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header off Golovin's cross.
The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel.
And RFEF president Rubiales was understandably livid at a press conference: 'I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much.
"I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger". Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job.
Spain blitzed through qualifying, earning 28 points from a possible 30, and they're the bookies' second favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.
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"We are going to touch as little as possible", he said. "It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act".
"The players know each other well and have done for many years, so at the end of day Lopetegui or no Lopetegui, Spain will not lose any of their class or quality".
Spain great Xavi criticised the timing of Julen Lopetegui being announced as Real Madrid coach. Spain's opening game is a big deal given Portugal's proximity, and Cristiano Ronaldo's side are their main rivals in Group B.
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