Zidane Set To Return To Real Madrid


Real Madrid, look set to sack their Manager, Santiago Solari, and reappoint Zinedine Zidane as coach, Standard Sports reports.

The decision will be announced after a board meeting which takes place on Monday.

Solari has been under fire from the management and the fans following Madrid’s woeful performance in all competitions in the last five months.

Last week, the Los Blancos’ lost 4-1 at home to Ajax, exiting the Champions League at the round of 16 last Tuesday.

That followed back-to-back Clasico defeats against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real crashed out of the Copa Del Rey and fell 12 points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga.

President Florentino Perez met with members of his board after the loss against Ajax, with the question not if but when to sack Solari.

In the end, it was decided that the 42-year-old would not be removed straight away, giving the club extra time to look for a replacement – be it a short- or long-term option.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri; and Germany coach, Joachim Low, were all discussed as the board met again on Thursday, but former managers Zidane and Jose Mourinho emerged as the top targets.

Zidane was the first choice and has been convinced to take over for a second spell, having only left the club at the end of May following a successful two-and-a-half year tenure in which Madrid won the Champions League three times in a row.


Perez will meet with other senior directors in a board meeting later on Monday, after which Solari’s sacking is likely to be announced along with the return of Zidane.


The Frenchman is expected to take over in the coming days and should be in charge for next weekend’s La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo.


The move would represent a sensational return for Zidane, who shocked the football world last summer by resigning as Real coach in May – just five days after winning his third straight Champions League trophy in a row at the Bernabeu. – Punch


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