The Spanish FA (RFEF) and in particular the federation’s new president, Luis Rubiales, are known to be furious with the way that Lopetegui has handled this situation and Rubiales flew back from the Fifa congress in Moscow late on Tuesday night to Krasnodar, where the Spanish squad are based.
A press conference on Wednesday will clarify the 53-year-old coach’s future but there remains the possibility that the RFEF will decide Lopetegui can no longer continue in the post.
Multiple reports on Tuesday night claimed Rubiales feels ‘betrayed’ and that he was angered to only find out five minutes before Madrid announced the hire.
Spain’s sporting director Fernando Hierro and Spanish Under-21 coach Albert Celades would be in the frame to step in for Lopetegui if it is deemed he should not stay on, but it would be an extraordinary twist given that La Roja open their World Cup campaign on Friday against Portugal in Sochi.
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