Zidane returns to Real Madrid to replace sacked Solari

Real Madrid have reappointed Zinedine Zidane as their new manager and the sacking of Solari.

Zinedine Zidane signed a deal until 2022 and will immediately take on the head coach duties at the club.

The Frenchman replaces Santiago Solari, who was sacked after less than five months in charge. He is “very happy to be home” after returning as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after leaving the Spanish giants.

Solari, who replaced Julen Lopetegui in the hot seat back in October, was informed that he had been sacked at a meeting on Monday after a disastrous run of results for the Spanish giants.

Madrid have lost four of their last six matches in all competitions, are third in the La Liga table, 12 points adrift of league leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona.

The former Real midfielder Zidane, 46, who left in May after leading the club to a third straight Champions League trophy, has agreed to take over until 2022.

“The best manager in the world has rejoined the club,” Real president Florentino Perez said.

“Our destinies are once again united.”

Solari’s last match as manager was a 4-1 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday – which followed a shock Champions League exit to Ajax.

That 4-1 home defeat and 5-3 aggregate loss to the Dutch side was the final straw for Perez.

The Champions League elimination followed two consecutive losses to Barcelona in El Clasico – a 1-0 reverse in La Liga and a 4-1 aggregate defeatin the Copa del Rey.

Zidane stepped down following the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, and Julen Lopetegui was hired as his successor just before the World Cup where he had been due to lead Spain, who promptly sacked him.

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