"I would sign for it", he said. "We still have a great opportunity in front of us".
"The president has given his judgement on what happened, and we must be positive", he said. I won't judge a club on how they act but, until a few minutes before, we were kept in the dark.
Rubiales said the players, who Spanish media said had tried to dissuade him from such drastic action, had vowed to give everything for the team. But the federation have an obligation to represent all Spaniards. "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".
Rubiales refused to comment on Lopetegui's possible replacement but did stress they would endeavour to affect the squad "as little as possible".
"We are the national team". "Our responsibility and commitment is to you".
"Yesterday was one speech, today another".
Because he was sacked, Madrid won't have to pay the 2 million euros ($2.3 million) of the termination clause on Lopetegui's contract. But the values of the federation come first.
There was widespread speculation on Wednesday that Rubiales was not happy with the situation, and would remove the new coach despite the opening match being two days away.
Real Madrid's search for a manager to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane is over. Rubiales repeatedly dodged questions over whether he had taken their advice before making the decision to fire the coach.
"I've been near a ball for 30 years", Hierro said.
Lopetegui's forays into club management have been less successful.
If the former Porto boss does leave his post, Ferrnando Hierro and Spanish Under-21 coach Albert Celades will be next in line to step in and take over the role.
"I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more hard to make the decision".
"There has to be a message to all RFEF employees and there are ways of behaving that you need to abide by".
Spain, the 2010 winners, are third favorites to win this year's competition, according to bookmaker SkyBet. He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games. He was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation's former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar was suspended following his arrest previous year on suspicion of corruption.
In the world of business, he's also known for his astute eye for a winning opportunity.
Quoting Lineker's tweet, Fabregas went one stage further, jokingly (we hope) suggesting Lopetegui's dismissal may see him receive a late call-up to the squad.