Julen Lopetegui spoke at a press conference today ahead of Sevilla’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.
The teams are facing off at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the third group stage match tomorrow night.
It is going to be a strange affair for Lopetegui.
The 56-year-old has endured a poor start to the season, and it has been widely reported that he is on the brink of leaving the club.
It was reported that Lopetegui would take charge of this game, with Sevilla officials not really wanting to disrupt preparations for the team.
But it is expected that Lopetegui will depart in the days after the game, with Jorge Sampaoli ready to succeed him.
Lopetegui’s press conference today was always going to be intriguing with everything that is being written.
Would he shed some light on the situation? Would he be asked about Wolves or mention the club?
Well, the former Spain and Real Madrid boss would not be drawn on the speculation, but AS noted that he was ‘visibly upset’.
He was apparently questioned multiple times about whether he would be continuing at Sevilla.
He responded (via AS): “Out of respect for my main responsibility I’m not going to talk about what has happened these last few months.
“You have to win a lot to be 169 games, tomorrow is the 170th. I will be faithful to what I have done because I have to rise to the occasion of this club and its fans, who deserve the best of those responsible for this team.
“Situations are what they are and one must give the best version of oneself. Tomorrow we have a war, a hard battle and the war does not go with melancholy. I’m going to treat this with the responsibility we all have towards our fans. And I’m not going to move from there, because I think that’s what he can bring to my team and we’ve been at this beloved club for more than three years. I’m not going to say what I think of what happened.”
Julen Lopetegui seemingly set for exit at Sevilla, amid links to Wolves
It seems Lopetegui is indeed set to take charge of one final game for Sevilla.
His comments don’t particularly give much away. But AS reporting he was visibly upset does suggest there’s truth in the claims.
It is worth keeping an eye out for any comments from him after tomorrow night’s game.
Especially since it has been claimed that Lopetegui actually has a pre-agreement with Wolves.