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New Spain coach Luis Enrique: I wanted disloyal Moreno dumped

New Spain coach Luis Enrique has launched a stunning attack on predecessor and former No2 Robert Moreno.

Moreno took over from Enrique in June when he resigned to care for his nine-year-old daughter Xana before she died of bone cancer in August. The latter has now returned after Moreno guided to Euros qualification.

Explaining the events of the last two weeks former Barcelona and Celta Vigo coach Enrique said: "I feel like I have come back home. It's a special day for me and my family.

"I am a person who usually steers clear of controversy but today I fell obliged to give an explanation because this is about someone I worked with for many years.

"I am the only reason why he [Moreno] is not in my staff.

"The fall-out comes from a meeting we had on September 12 at my home. It's the only day we had contact.

"We had a 30-minute meeting and I understood that he wanted to take charge of the team in the Euros [next summer] and to then go back to being my No 2 afterwards.

"And in that moment I try to put myself in the other person's shoes. I understand that he wanted to take the opportunity of his life. I understand that he is ambitious and that's a quality to admire but, for me, that's also disloyal and for me that is a defect.

"I understand his position but I don't share it and I would not have done that.

"I said I wanted to come back. I then called every member of my staff asking for their opinion."

Asked if he felt more let down by Moreno as a coach or a friend he added: "I have no reason to criticise him professionally. As far as the personal goes, I had no doubts until the words said one thing and the actions said another. I am not the good guy in the film. But I'm not the bad guy either."

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