Lopetegui to leave Spain on World Cup eve?

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui may leave his position on the eve of the World Cup after news broke of his appointment at Real Madrid, say reports.

The head of the RFEF (Spanish FA) Luis Rubiales is said by multiple news outlets in the country to be ‘furious’ and ‘deeply upset’ of Tuesday’s announcement that the former goalkeeper would join Madrid after the World Cup.

Such news had taken the RFEF unaware and came just 21 days after the national team boss had put pen to paper on a new contract through to 2020.

Rubiales is said to believe the announcement will disrupt squad unity ahead of the tournament and that the confirmation should only have come after the conclusion of the competition.

A news conference jointly held by the two has been swiftly scheduled for Wednesday morning, with the suggestion that Lopetegui may leave his position, just two days before Spain kick-off their tournament against Portugal.

Early suggestions are that Under-21 Coach Albert Celades and the RFEF’s Fernando Hierro – both former Madrid players – may step into the breach in such a situation.

We will bring you the latest news on this developing story across Football Espana as it happens.

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