Dismissed gaffer Julen Lopetegui has admitted he is saddened by his dismissal, just on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, by the Spanish FA.

Recall that Lopetegui was on Tuesday announced as Real Madrid coach, to begin work after the tournament.

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However, in less than 48 hours before Spain’s first group game with Portugal, he was sent home, leaving many fans stunned.

While speaking to reporters as he arrived at the airport in Russia to board his flight, he said “I’m very sad but we’re hoping that we can win the World Cup.

“My message is: ‘We have a magnificent team and hopefully we can go to win the World Cup’ but I cannot say any more than that.”