Florentino Perez slams Spanish FA president for "disrespecting" Real Madrid
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez took a swipe at his Spanish FA counterpart Luis Rubiales for "disrespecting" the club and putting his own pride before the nation’s World Cup chances.
Perez was speaking as Real introduced Julen Lopetegui as their new manager at a Bernabeu press conference on Thursday, bringing a whirlwind 72 hours for Lopetegui to a close.
On Tuesday it was announced that he would take over as Real boss at the end of the World Cup once his duties with Spain were over, then on Wednesday he was sacked by the Spanish FA just two days prior to La Roja’s first game against Portugal.
"We had the legitimate agreements – it seemed all normal – and we then thought there would be a press conference between the president and Julen Lopetegui," said Perez of the conversations between Real and the Spanish FA.
“Then it turned out to be about pride for the president, who has disrespected Real Madrid.
“There have been other cases – (Antonio) Conte, (Louis) Van Gaal – dozens of others who have agreed (to coach a club side) before or during a competition."
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Perez also hit out at what he saw as the Spanish FA trying to damage his club with threats of legal action.
“We need to work together against those who wish to destroy our image," he continued.
“We need to come together against this wave of anti-Madridismo – especially when we’re having one of the best moments in our history.
“We still cannot understand why this agreement could affect the players, who really want to be world champions again, which is what we all want.”
Perez added that Real opted to make the agreement public to avoid speculation.
"We thought, in order to make this agreement before the World Cup, to make it transparent to avoid speculation and rumours," he said.
“There’s no precedence that a manager agrees to be a manager after the competition, and that agreement has been interpreted as being disloyal.
“If you think it’s disloyal – well that’s not how we do things in the 21st century in Spain."
"It’s not true at all."
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