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Mexican Federation in contact with ousted Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui — Report

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According to FOX Deportes journalist Fernando Schwartz, the Mexican Federation has made contact with the just recently fired Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

Sources close to Schwartz say the FMF approached Lopetegui about a possible interest in taking over the vacant Mexico National Team job, but the 52-year-old is opting to take some time off before considering any serious offers.

Lopetegui was let go from Real Madrid on Monday following a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of rivals Barcelona. Previously, Lopetegui was manager of the Spanish National Team, where he was controversially fired ahead of the team’s debut World Cup match against Portugal.

Lopetegui was also manager of FC Porto at the time four Mexican players were part of the team (Diego Reyes, Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, Hector Herrera, and Miguel Layun).

Despite the federation’s sudden interest in Lopetegui, Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino remains El Tri’s number one choice, with both parties are set to meet at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season.