Zidane replaces Solari as Real Madrid manager.


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Real Madrid have confirmed Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club as manager, replacing the sacked Santiago Solari.

The Frenchman left the club before the start of the 2018/2019 Season after a spell which saw him win the Champions League three times consecutively as Real Madrid Manager.

After Zidane’s exit, Real Madrid have gone on to appoint Julen Lopetegui and Solari as coach with the club suffering a poor run of form.

Zidane’s contract would see him remain Real Madrid Manager until 2022.

Zidane makes a shock return as Real Madrid manager, just 10 months after leaving the club following his third Champions League success.

Zidane left the club in 2018 after guiding the Madrid side to three Champions League titles and was first replaced by Julen Lopetuigui.

Then Spain head coach Lopetegui was appointed on the eve of the World Cup but Lopetegui lasted less than five months.

A statement on the official website on Monday reads:

“The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club.

“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house.

“The Board of Directors has also agreed the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.

Zidane’s side won 104 out of 149 matches during his previous spell in charge, between January 2016 and June 2018.

They drew 29 and lost only 16, leaving him with a 69.8 per cent win ratio – bettered by only four managers in Real’s history.

Manuel Pellegrini tops the list on exactly 75 per cent after 36 wins out of 48, narrowly ahead of Carlo Ancelotti on 74.8 per cent (89 out of 119).

Jose Mourinho won 128 of 178, 71.9 per cent, with Luis Carniglia the only other man over 70 per cent after 48 wins from 68 in the late 1950s.

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