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Robert Moreno: "I don't know what happened, ask Luis Enrique"

After issuing a reconciliatory statement on Wednesday, Robert Moreno took a sharper tone on Thursday when approached by reporters.

Robert Moreno: "I don't know what happened, ask Luis Enrique"
JAVIER GANDUL DIARIO AS

Robert Moreno has spoken publically for the first time since he released a statement on Wednesday following the decision to remove him as Spain coach to make way for the return of Luis Enrique.

Following Spain’s 5-0 win over Romania in their final Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced that Luis Enrique would return to the helm, after the former Barcelona coach had stepped down in March to care for his daughter Xana, who passed in away in August after a five-month battle with cancer.

Moreno was drafted in as his replacement and although he had said he would be willing to step aside if Luis Enrique wanted to return, the former Real Madrid defender was understood to have felt hurt and betrayed by Rubiales and Luis Enrique over the decision to effectively remove him from his post before the Euros.

Moreno takes sharper tone of statement

And after issuing a statement on Wednesday that took a reconciliatory tone, Moreno seemed to point a finger towards Luis Enrique over the situation.

“I don’t know what happened, ask Luis Enrique,” said Moreno when approached by reporters on the street in Madrid on Wednesday.

“If I speak, it won’t be good for me.”

Soon after, the former Spain coach wanted to tone down his comments after his previous blunt response.

“I think the best thing for both parties is that it stays between us. If the other party wants, let them talk.

“I don't have anything to say, because I don't think it's good for anyone. The first one that it wouldn't be good for is me."

Following Moreno’s removal from the post, Luis Enrique will be presented as the new head coach on Wednesday at the Spanish Federation's headquarters in Madrid, before taking charge of La Roja from January 1.