Rubiales was furious with Lopetegui for talking to Real Madrid before the World Cup and then by the announcement from the reigning European champions that they had appointed the former Porto boss as their new coach.
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.
"The negotiations [between Lopetegui and Real Madrid] have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release". I won't judge a club on how they act but, until a few minutes before, we were kept in the dark.
"We are left in a complicated situation", Rubiales said. We have been obliged to make this decision. And if Spain's World Cup campaign does stall, it will be fascinating to see who gets the blame: the easy scapegoat Rubiales, the easily led manager Lopetegui or the great temptress Real Madrid.
Spain has sensationally sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui, just one day before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation.
"There's a lot to do".
Spain's Euro 2008 winning coach Luis Aragones signed a deal to take over at Fenerbahce on the eve of that tournament's semi-final and that did the national side no harm.
Spain play their first Group stage match against Portugal on Friday. I told them we have an exciting challenge in front of us, and we can not let this affect our focus. "If not, the national team won't happen", he admitted.
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The World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday and bring the "greatest show on earth" to the Kremlin's doorstep.
After short spells at Rayo Vallecano and with Madrid's youth team Real Madrid Castilla, Lopetegui enjoyed a successful time with Spain's under-19s and under-21s.
"I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more hard to make the decision". The players, especially captain Sergio Ramos, tried to convince Rubiales, who made the decision.
"He will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".
Lopetegui is returning to Spain this afternoon and was confronted by a hoard of reporters as he arrived at the airport in Russian Federation to board his flight.
"We are all affected", Rubiales said about Lopetegui's departure.
United No 1, De Gea is a long-term target for Real, with the Spanish giants said to be keen on making a mammoth bid for the Spain No 1.