Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno insists the club did not seek to insult Julen Lopetegui after his dismissal on Monday.
Many were critical of Real’s statement confirming the coach’s departure.
However, after their Copa win against Melilla, Butragueno defended Real’s management.
“We have great respect for Lopetegui, he is a great professional,” said Butragueno.
“The statement was not a criticism of anybody. (Santiago) Solari? Now he’s our coach, let’s see what happens.”