Spain’s women players have released a collective statement to deny they have asked for head coach Jorge Vilda to be sacked.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation claimed on Thursday that 15 players from the senior side had asked not to be selected as the current set-up was affecting their “health” and “emotional state”.
However, the players issued a statement on social media on Friday denying they have asked for their head coach to lose his job.
Vilda has coached Spain Women since 2015. His side reached the quarter-final of this summer’s European Championship where they lost to eventual winners England.
Both Manchester United defender Ona Batlle and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas posted the statement on their official Twitter accounts.
Their statement reads: “We, the players, lament, in the first place, that the RFEF has made public, in a partial and interested way, a private communication, with information that affects our health — which is part of our privacy — sent in response to the request of the own Federation to know which of us wanted not to be summoned.
“Communication to which, by the way, we have not received a formal response.
“We have never asked for the dismissal of the coach as has been commented. We understand that our job is not in any case to choose said position, but to express in a constructive and honest way what we believe can improve the performance of the group.
“As we said in our private communication, we have maintained, continue to maintain and will continue to maintain an unquestionable commitment to the Spanish national team.