Lopetegui Backs Players' Opposition To U.S. LaLiga Games

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Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has offered his support to players considering strike action over the prospect of moving LaLiga matches to the United States.

Last week, Spain's top flight announced a partnership with sports and entertainment company Relevent – the organiser of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament – to stage matches on the other side of the Atlantic as part of a 15-year deal.

The Spanish Footballers' Association (AFE) responded by claiming its members are "unanimous" in their opposition to the proposals, with Barcelona midfielder and the union's vice president Sergio Busquets among those to voice concern.

Speaking ahead of Madrid's trip to Girona on Sunday, former Spain boss Lopetegui saw no reason to break ranks.

"We are thinking about other things, but I'm in agreement with the players," he told a news conference.

"I think they have their reasons to think what they think. It's my opinion.

"Those who have to decide will make a decision. But if you are going to ask me for my opinion, I'm in line with what the players think."