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Sport Xavi criticises Real Madrid's timing of Lopetegui appointment

10:58  14 june  2018
10:58  14 june  2018 Source:

Madrid to revive De Gea interest following Lopetegui's arrival

  Madrid to revive De Gea interest following Lopetegui's arrival Real Madrid could look to revive their interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea following Julen Lopetegui’s appointment. The Daily Mail reports that the pair have a strong relationship from Lopetegui’s time working with the Spanish U-21 side. De Gea has been a long-term target for Madrid, who were reportedly ready to end their interest and pursue other targets. The Spanish side are in the market for a goalkeeper to replace Keylor Navas. They have been heavily linked with Jan Oblak, Alisson, Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga. Lopetegui was recently confirmed as the man to replace Zinedine Zidane, who stood down at the end of last season. However, the decision from Real Madrid to announce the deal so early has cost Lopetegui his job with the Spanish national team. Lopetegui was sacked just a day before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, with former Real Madrid player Fernando Hierro taking over.

Real Madrid will appoint Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new boss after the World CupReal Madrid today confirmed in a short s . Real Madrid have been criticised for the timing of Julen Lopetegui ' s appointment .

Once the shock over Real Madrid ‘ s hugely unexpected appointment of Julen Lopetegui has started to subside, we can start to assess why the Bernabeu giants made the move and how successful he might be.

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Spain great Xavi has criticised the timing of Julen Lopetegui being announced as Real Madrid coach.

Lopetegui was stunningly sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday, a day after it was revealed he would be Zinedine Zidane's successor at Madrid.

Xavi, a 133-time Spain international, was unhappy with the timing of the announcement of Lopetegui's Madrid move.

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"I am not the person to talk about it [Lopetegui joining Madrid]," the Barcelona great told Radio Marca.

Allegri claims he rejected Real Madrid ahead of Lopetegui's appointment

  Allegri claims he rejected Real Madrid ahead of Lopetegui's appointment Julen Lopetegui is the new Real Madrid coach but Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri claims he was offered the position first.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri claims he turned down the chance to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid before Julen Lopetegui was appointed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup," the club announced on their website on Tuesday. Time will tell, just as it did with Zidane, but right now, the appointment of Lopetegui looks like a risky one for both Madrid and Spain.

Real Madrid has finally roped in the services of the Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui as the club' s coach just 3 days prior to the World Cup. Julen Loptegui will be joining the Los Blancos after the World Cup and would be leading the 3 times Champions League winners for three seasons.

"It was not the most ideal or opportune moment."

Related: For all the latest news and opinion, visit our World Cup hub HERE

Lopetegui's sacking came just two days before Spain's opening game against Portugal in Sochi.

  Xavi criticises Real Madrid's timing of Lopetegui appointment © GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP But Xavi believes the nation, who will be led by Fernando Hierro, can still have a strong World Cup.

"You never know, the players have already seen it all and sure, they can play a good role at the World Cup," he said.

"Leadership will not be missing, there is [Sergio] Ramos, [Gerard] Pique, [Andres] Iniesta.

"There are very prepared people and a very good atmosphere. It's not the best situation but at the same time, it unites them more and they give more of themselves, you never know."

Real Madrid to rival Liverpool for Lyon forward Fekir .
Real Madrid are ready to rival Liverpool for the signature of Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. The France forward looking likely to sign for Liverpool before the World Cup begun earlier this month, but the deal fell apart late on. It had looked like Fekir would remain with the French club for next season, however Aulas revealed today that the 24-year old could still move on, and that other parties are ready to enter the fray. Speaking to French television, Aulas claimed medical issues weren’t the reason the Fekir deal collapsed, that talks were progressing too slowly, and that Madrid have been interested since Julen Lopetegui’s appointment as manager. Speaking to RT France, as quoted by Mirror Sport, Aulas said: “Yeah, listen, at that stage it was foreseen he would go to Liverpool, I had given it the green light to go ahead. but it just took too long, things were just too drawn out.” “He is an exceptional player, he keeps the ball in little space and has an incredible talent. The fact that things didn’t conclude with Liverpool and it didn’t happen in that timeframe has peaked the interest of a lot of other clubs – Real Madrid, but not just Real Madrid and their new trainer.” “There is a lot of interest from other camps, so everything is possible.

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