Xavi condemns Madrid over Lopetegui announcement timing

International Edition By: Uche Duru | 14/06/2018

Spain legend Xavi reprimanded the planning of Julen Lopetegui being declared as Real Madrid manager.

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

Xavi, a 133-time Spain international, was despondent with the planning of the declaration of Lopetegui's Madrid move.

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

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

Lopetegui's sacking came only two days before Spain's opening amusement against Portugal in Sochi.

But Xavi believes the nation, who will be led by Fernando Hierro, can still have a solid 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."