Lopetegui still not sacked, he is still leading the team

His dismissal is expected in the coming hours, but Julen Lopeteguitook Real Madrid training on Monday morning.

No club director had communicated his fate to him in the aftermath of the Clasico defeat to Barcelona, so the Basque went to work as normal.

He had even said his goodbyes to the squad in the Camp Nou dressing room on Sunday evening in case his sacking was made official before this Monday’s session, but no ruling had been made by the time the workout commenced.

It is expected that the board will approve his sacking on Monday afternoon.

Antonio Conte is the leading candidate to take the job, but Santiago Solari is likely to be the one in charge for this Wednesday’s Copa del Rey fixture in Melilla.