Toni Kroos and Mariano were first to bid their farewells to the departing manager but others in the squad were soon to follow...
Real Madrid announced Julen Lopetegui's departure on Monday night. The Basque coach has since sent an appreciative message thanking, amongst others, the players for their hard work during his short spell in charge.
Mariano and Kroos start the Lopetegui farewells
The players responded, some quicker than others, to publicly say farewell to the manager, with Mariano Diaz and Toni Kroos getting things going.
"I will always be grateful to Julen Lopetegui," Mariano started. "One of the people who made my return home possible. I wish you the best in the future. Now it's just us left to fight more than ever to get out of the situation," was his message posted on Tuesday.
Siempre estaré agradecido a Julen Lopetegui, una de las personas que hizo posible que volviera a mi casa. Le deseo lo mejor para el futuro. Ahora solo nos queda pelear más que nunca para salir de esta situación. pic.twitter.com/i2bsMhpcl3— Mariano Díaz Mejía (@marianodiaz7) 30 de octubre de 2018
Hours later, Toni Kroos took to Twitter and said: "The biggest defeat for the players is when a manager has to go. Especially in this case because he is a great manager and a great person. Thank you, Julen!"
The biggest defeat for players is when the coach has to go. Especially in this case because he is a great coach and great person. Thanks Julen! pic.twitter.com/VRhWVcfpKa— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) 30 de octubre de 2018
Reguilón and Ceballos
Shortly after, more players made their statements of affection on social media. Youngster Sergio Reguilón was given his first team debut by the now-departed coach posted:
"I will always be grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream, I wish you success wherever you go because, as you said, luck does not exist, work does, thank you, Gaffer."
Siempre te estaré agradecido por darme la oportunidad de cumplir mi sueño. Te deseo mucho éxito allá donde vayas porque como tu decías, la suerte no existe, el trabajo si. Gracias Mister. pic.twitter.com/StNoqLuRdm— Sergio Reguilón (@sergio_regui) 30 October 2018
And Dani Ceballos, who started worked with Lopetegui in the younger age groups of the Spanish national team said:
"Thank you Gaffer for the trust you showed in me and for all your work and dedication. I wish you every success in your sporting career."
Gracias míster por la confianza que me diste y por todo tu trabajo y dedicación. Te deseo el mayor de los éxitos en tu carrera deportiva. pic.twitter.com/0uhL1fc8cZ— Daniel Ceballos (@DaniCeballos46) 30 October 2018
Not all players chose to say their goodbyes via a public social media site with each doing what felt right for them.