The 51-year-old was relieved of his duties on Wednesday, two days before the nation’s World Cup opener against Portugal, after it emerged he was to take over from Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu following his return from Russia.
His presentation to the media was announced in a statement on the club’s official website, which said: ‘Real Madrid C. F. will present Julen Lopetegui as the new first team manager today, Thursday 14th June. The act will take place at 7:00 pm CEST at the Santiago Bernabeu presidential box.’
Julen Lopetegui will be presented to the media as Real Madrid manager on Thursday evening
Lopetegui, who was sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday, flew back from Krasnodar overnight
Lopetegui flew back to Madrid from Krasnodar overnight, leaving his temporary replacement Fernando Hierro to face the media at his pre-match press conference.
He was sacked as national team boss after Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales learned of his impending departure for Real just five minutes before the official announcement was made.
Speaking to reporters from Cadena SER and COPE at Krasnodar airport, Lopetegui said: ‘I am very sad, but hoping that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win.’
Wednesday’s news rocked Spanish football, and prompted former national team manager Javier Clemente to deliver a withering verdict on Rubiales’ leadership.
Luis Rubiales learned of Lopetegui’s departure just minutes before the official announcement
Clemente told radio station Onda Vasca: ‘Speaking in football terms, in terms of what a club is and what sports management is, Rubiales is clueless. He is a rookie and his arguments are always a bit dictatorial.’
The Spain squad flew to Sochi on Thursday ahead of training at the Fisht Stadium later in the day.
Lopetegui will have a difficult act to follow at the Bernabeu, following Zidane’s shock departure days after securing a third successive Champions League title, although the club finished only third in La Liga – 17 points behind champions Barcelona.
Rubiales told the media about Lopetegui’s sacking at a press conference on eve of World Cup