Rubiales claimed he was left with little option after Lopetegui was named as the next head coach of Real Madrid, claiming those discussions took place without the RFEF's knowledge and that he only found out minutes before Los Blancos made their official announcement.
"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible. We all know what this means and our responsibilities". I know they're going to give it all they've got, 100%.
"To win is very important, to have the best coach is very important, but above everything is acting in the right way".
Lopetegui was given a chance to speak to his players one last time before leaving, and told them: 'Win the World Cup now, this has happened to make us stronger'.
Saudi-led forces begin Yemen assault
A pro-government fighter burns a leaflet showing the banner of the Houthi rebels, which reads in Arabic 'God is the greatest. For a time Saleh joined forces with the Houthis, but they turned on each other a year ago and Saleh was killed.
More than 900 rescued refugees arrive in Sicily
The shift has heightened tensions in Europe , with France accusing Italy of "cynical" and irresponsible behavior. The row centres on the charity ship Aquarius, which both Italy and Malta refused to let dock at their ports.
Brexit campaigner Arron Banks downplays Russia meetings
Leave.EU communications chief Andy Wigmore, who was also appearing before the committee, added: "You can join us if you want". Banks said he had no Russian holdings and added that his only connection to the country was through his wife, who is Russian.
Sky's Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success
It came on a 110 kilometres stage from Frontenex which is nearly a carbon copy of this year's Tour de France stage 11. Thomas came in second, managing to put further valuable seconds between himself and his rivals for the yellow leader.