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Presentación de Julen Lopetegui como entrenador del Real Madrid

Lopetegui: “It's the happiest day of my life”

NEWS | 14/06/2018 | Alberto Navarro

“I came to my home here at 18 years old and now I am lucky enough to be coaching Real Madrid", said the coach at his presentation.
Julen Lopetegui has fielded questions from the press following his presentation as the new Real Madrid head coach: “It's the happiest day of my life. When I arrived here at 18 years of age, I was lucky enough to play for Castilla, the first team, and experience and feel what madridismo is all about, that loyalty. I then got the chance to coach Castilla and now the immense fortune and responsibility of coaching Real Madrid. It's come full circle and I'm incredibly happy”. 

“The biggest thing for Real Madrid is winning the Champions League, but every title is important here because we have to win them all. The good thing about being here now is that we'll have the time to consider different situations and we're setting to work with a view to next year; we'll certainly have the best possible team”.

Leaving the national side
“Loyalty is about telling the truth and the first person to find out about this was the president of the Federation. There were congratulations sent by the Federation and a press conference set up. I was clear that the agreement had to be finalised before the World Cup. The only reason for unveiling it was to be honest and transparent about it with everyone. The players took it very well, they're a wonderful group”.

“It's happened many times before and all we wanted to do was be transparent where we needed to be, not beforehand when there's nothing on the table. I have no idea what happened next. I'm a loyal person and I learned about responsibility here as a young boy at Real Madrid. Now I'll just have to cheer Spain on and we'll all be pulling our shirts on and hoping they win the World Cup. Here I'm fully focused on this challenge and will set to work tomorrow”.

“We're very relaxed about how we've done things because we operated in an honest and professional fashion. We were clear throughout. I wish Rubiales had handled things differently”.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the player I want by my side at all times. The best player in the world is at Real Madrid.

“My last day was a bit surreal, but at such a difficult time, the nice thing was to see the respect and the affection shown to me by my players. We worked very hard for this goal and they've thrown us out at the last moment. I'll be watching the game, cheering them on like any other Spaniard. I'm convinced they'll bring the Cup home and have a fantastic campaign despite it all”.

Asked whether he would have left the national team for any club other than Real Madrid, he said: “That's a good question...".

Cristiano Ronaldo
“He's the player I want by my side at all times. It's quite clear, the best player in the world is at Real Madrid, I have no doubt at all”.

“I've received a lot of messages and it's been beautiful to see, but one special person who I met here when I was just 18 years, said to me: "You're coming home". That was the one that has made me quite emotional”.