Real Madrid ‘Will Have To Pay €18m’ To Sack Lopetegui

Coach Could Receive Three-Year Pay-Off

Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid
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Sacking Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid coach could cost the La Liga side as much as €18million according to reports from Spain.

The under-fire boss won himself a little breathing space as Real laboured to a 2-1 victory over Czech side Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night. The side slipped to seventh place in La Liga following a shock 2-1 home defeat to Levante on Saturday.

Reports last week claimed Lopetegui had just three more games to save his job. So far he has one win and one defeat going into the third game – Sunday’s El Clasico clash with Barcelona.

But according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Real’s haste in appointing Lopetegui as coach just days before he was due to lead the Spain side at the World Cup in Russia meant a contract skewed in favour of the manager.

Lopetegui signed a three-year deal worth €6million a year after tax. He had been on just over €3million with Spain.

According to Sport Real Madrid will have to pay up the whole of Lopetegui’s contract if he is dismissed just four months into his deal. Usually, there is a clause in a manager’s contract entitling him to just one year’s salary as compensation.

Meanwhile, Real director Emilio Butragueno claims Lopetegui will still be in charge of the side for Sunday’s trip to the Nou Camp. He also played down reports on an imminent sacking.

“Yes, yes, everything is totally normal” Butragueno said when asked directly whether Lopetegui would be in charge of the side at the weekend.

“We have to be calm and United.”

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Real’s current B team coach Santi Solari are the two favourites to succeed Lopetegui if he is sacked.