"The national team is the team for all Spaniards and there are some decisions we feel obliged to take to protect some values", said Rubiales.
Spain debuts at the 2018 World Cup on Friday against neighbor Portugal, and they are going to have to do it without the head coach they hoped would lead the team to glory. We've got a great opportunity and that has to be the focus.
At 17:00 on Tuesday, Los Blancos announced that they were appointing the Basque tactician and that he'd take over after the World Cup. We are working on it. "We all know what this means and our responsibilities".
"We are in a very complicated situation, but the players and the new coaching staff will do everything in their power to take the team as far as possible". "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".
Spain caused a sensation on the eve of the World Cup by sacking coach Julen Lopetegui
Spain named Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach later Wednesday.
United No 1, De Gea is a long-term target for Real, with the Spanish giants said to be keen on making a mammoth bid for the Spain No 1.
As a player, Lopetegui joined Real at the age of 19.
He represents a new approach for Real Madrid, as despite those European campaigns with Porto, at club level he does not have particular experience in the biggest games.
Former Real Madrid star Hierro has been working in the Spanish national team set-up since his appointment as sporting director last November, with the move to appoint him as Lopetegui's replacement created to dilute the confusion around the squad. After consulting with management and former players, Rubiales believed that for the health of the team it was best to let the coach go. I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act.
A vastly experienced club coach in Spain he has guided the fortunes of Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna, Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca, Levante, Granada and Osasuna and was linked to the Spain job before Lopetegui was appointed in 2016.