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Real Madrid’s miserable season has taken another turn for the worse with the loss of key central defender Raphael Varane to injury.

The World Cup winner underwent a scan at Real’s Valdebebas training facility on Tuesday morning. The club confirmed it showed an injury to the adductor muscle in his right leg.

According to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, this is likely to rule Varane out of action for at least a month.

Varane was forced off at half-time in Real’s humiliating 5-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona at the weekend, a result which brought about the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui.

Spanish FA Vice President Arrested

Spanish FA vice president Andreu Subies was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of a police operation that also saw former president Angel Maria Villar resign on corruption charges.

Subies, the former president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), joined the FA (RFEF) in May after Luis Rubiales was appointed president.

‘Subies has been detained as part of an active investigation into the diversion of money from the Catalan Football Federation to private ends,’ a Spanish police spokesman said.

Along with Subies, a member of the FCF was arrested on Tuesday as part of Operation Soule.

Sergio Ramos insists the blame for Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal should solely lay at the feet of him and his Real Madrid team-mates.

Lopetegui was sacked as Real Madrid manager on Monday night following their humiliating 5-1 defeat at rivals Barcelona just the day before.

B-team coach Santiago Solari has been put in temporary charge with Real due to play Melilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

And ahead of that game, Ramos took to Instagram to address the situation with Lopetegui.

‘We’re aware and feel responsible for this situation,’ he wrote.

New Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari insists his players are ‘hurting’ following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing by rivals Barcelona.

Lopetegui was sacked on Monday evening after taking charge of just 14 games, with Sunday’s embarrassing defeat at the Nou Camp leaving Real ninth in .

B-team coach Solari was placed in temporary charge after the former boss’s dismissal and quickly moved to assure fans that his squad will recover.

Speaking in his first press conference on Tuesday after taking training, Solari said:

The fallout of Julen Lopetegui’s sacking as Real Madrid raged on in the Spanish papers on Tuesday morning, with the club coming in for fierce criticism.

Lopetegui was sacked after a disastrous 5-1 El Clasico defeat on Sunday afternoon to compound a dreadful start to the season.

That result left Real languishing in ninth, seven points behind Barcelona at the top of the table and trailing the likes of Levante and Real Valladolid.

The appointment of Lopetegui appeared doomed from the beginning, after he was sacked as Spain manager days before the start of the World Cup in the summer after accepting the role in what was a disastrous PR move for president Florentino Perez.

Real Madrid Sack Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid have sacked Julen Lopetegui as manager after just four and a half months in charge at the Bernabeu.

Madrid blew up Spain’s World Cup dreams to hire the the Spaniard to succeeded Zinedine Zidane in June but the crushing 5-1 loss to Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday was their fifth loss in six games.

Real, Champions League winners for the past three years, are ninth in La Liga after their worst start since 2001-02.

The 52-year-old will be “provisionally replaced” by ex-player Santiago Solari, coach of B team Castilla.

Julen Lopetegui’s father has jumped to the defense of the heavily-criticized Real Madrid manager, claiming that the club’s failure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘stolen 50 goals’ from his son.

Lopetegui was appointed as Real manager in the summer but is on the verge of being sacked following a woeful run of form that has encompassed five defeats in the last seven games, including the 5-1 defeat against Barcelona in El Clasico.

Although Lopetegui has bore the brunt of the criticism for Real’s awful form, his father, Jose Antonio, believes that Real should have replaced Ronaldo following his departure to Juventus.

Valdano: Gareth Bale Is Not World Class

The Clasico fallout continues this Monday morning and Jorge Valdano has hit out at the Real Madrid players after their humiliation on Sunday, taking particular aim at Gareth Bale.

Real Madrid fell 5-1 at the Camp Nou and Valdano believes the big players should have stepped forward.

‘We continue to measure Bale based on his price,” he said to Radio MARCA and Onda Cero’s ‘El Transistor’ programme.

“His price tag has created a fantasy that he is a world superstar.

“But the last five years don’t correspond to what Real Madrid paid for him, even if every season he is applauded for scoring the goal of the year.”

Ramos Fires Warning Shot At Antonio Conte

Despite a shattering 5-1 reverse against Barcelona in El Clasico, Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, faced the media in the aftermath and immediately brushed aside their questions concerning a new coach.

Antonio Conte is a strong favourite to succeed Julen Lopetegui after the latter saw his side slip to another defeat in what has been a disastrous campaign.

“We must respect the decisions that have been made from above,” he said to reporters.

“It’s a matter of being united, we have to turn the page.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with all the coaches, but it’s better to stay on the sidelines because they’re delicate situations.

Conte Expected To Replace Lopetegui

Real Madrid are expected to sack Julen Lopetegui on Monday evening with former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte the favourite to take over.

Madrid directors will meet 24 hours after watching the side capitulate at the Nou Camp, losing 5-1 and sliding to ninth in the table.

Conte is the overwhelming choice to replace the current Real Madrid coach, who was left without the support of club president Florentino Perez on Sunday.

Perez is understood to have left the Camp Nou without speaking to his coach or going down to the dressing room to face the players.