Lopetegui’s renewal could be completed ‘in a matter of days’

On Friday Juan Luis Larrea, the acting president of the Spanish FA, made clear that Julen Lopetegui’s contract extension with La Roja will be complete in the coming days.Lopetegui has overseen Spain’s successful qualification for the World Cup in Russia and his team have emerged as one of the pre-tournament favourites.”It will be a matter of days,” he explained in his press conference on Friday.”The Spanish FA have always offered a renewal to coaches after qualifying for a tournament.”Some conversations have started and Julen thanked us for the offer, now others take the reins to negotiate the economic details.”Many have noted how the Spanish national team has improved since Lopetegui’s arrival, as his man-management skills have really shone through.Despite some bold squad selections, the football on the pitch has often been outstanding, with the Isco-inspired victory over Italy the perfect example.This is something that hasn’t been lost on Larrea, with the Spaniard praising the coach for the work done thus far.”Spain have qualified brilliantly for the World Cup,” he intimated. “It’s very difficult to repeat an achievement like the 2010 title in South Africa.”However, we are excited by this team and with an excellent coaching staff they can go far, possibly to the final.”Larrea spoke about the Spanish FA’s situation, following the arrest of Angel Maria Villar, and he stated that he would only run for president if partners in the territorial foundations proposed him as a candidate.

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