Julen Lopetegui insists his conscience is clear after being sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup.
Lopetegui was unveiled as the new coach of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening.
It came after a whirlwind 48 hours, with Spain FA chief Luis Rubiales accusing the 51-year-old of subterfuge after the European champions made public that he would be replacing Zinedine Zidane.
Rubiales had blasted Lopetegui’s conduct, declaring “we cannot accept how he has acted” and claiming he found out of the deal just five minutes before Madrid made their announcement.
Lopetegui said,”Yesterday, after the death of my mother, was the saddest of my life. But, today is the happiest day of my life.
“Loyalty is telling the truth. When there was something to know, he [Rubiales] was the first person to know.
“I wanted to give the press conference that same day but he was far away so I had to wait for him. Then what happened during those hours, I don’t know.
“We just wanted to be honest with everyone, to make the agreement public. hiding it would have been bad.”