Real Madrid: Lopetegui: Vinicius was going to play because seasons last 10 months not a month and a half
Real Madrid Didn’t want to argue about his exit
Vinicius Junior has been an impressive figure since bursting onto the scene at Real Madrid and former coach Julen Lopetegui insisted he was always going to give the youngster a chance.
Although the Brazilian struggled for playing time under the former Spain tactician, he has made the most of the opportunities he has received under Santiago Solari.
The Argentine took over the club from Lopetegui, who was sacked after an underwhelming start to the campaign, culminating in a 5-1 Clasico defeat.
“I’m very grateful to Madrid for giving me the chance to coach an extraordinary team and I have a real affection for those who were my players so I wish them well,” he told El Partidazo.
“Vinicius was in a period of adaptation and the time factor was very important.
“He was going to play because seasons last 10 months and not a month and a half and it is evident that he is a player who was in our plans.
“In the future, he would have played with us and there is no doubt he has a great future ahead of him.”
Lopetegui was sacked in the summer by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after announcing that he would take over as Real coach after the tournament, a situation that hurts him more than his Estadio Santiago Bernabeu exit.
“The situation in Krasnodar [Spain’s base] was more strange because it isn’t normal for a coach to leave at that moment,” he added.
“I understood that it was best [for the Real announcement] to be transparent and say it quickly.
“We thought it was the most honest thing to do at a time when I was the Spanish coach.
“The only responsibility at that time was to go for a World Cup that we had tremendous hopes for.”
Despite two incredible professional setbacks in the space of a few short months, Lopetegui, who revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Florentino Perez since leaving Real, bears no grudges.
“I had two extraordinary experiences as a coach and I enjoyed it a lot. We arrived at the World Cup very well prepared,” Lopetegui explained.
“In Madrid, it didn’t last as long as we wanted but there are situations that make you stronger and give you thicker skin.”