Zinedine Zidane returning as manager of Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane returning as manager of Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane returning as manager of Real Madrid

Jugones claimed the decision will be made official at some time after 18.00h on Monday, with Solari set to be dismissed after Madrid's season fell apart last week.

As for Solari, after almost four and a half months in charge, he says goodbye to Madrid with a record of 21 victories, two draws and eight defeats.

According to an initial report by Jugones, Zidane has been convinced to return by president Florentino Perez despite receiving offers from elsewhere, with Juventus said to be among his suitors.

But Ramos was given a two-game ban by Uefa for "clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose" and Real, having won three Champions Leagues in a row, went out after losing 4-1 at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid players were involved in a mini-game during their final training session before they faced Real Valladolid.

Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday by Ajax Amsterdam.

Madrid ranks third in La Liga, behind leaders FC Barcelona.

The abyss that has grown between Santiago Solari and Marcelo was never more evident than when the Argentine coach gave him a run-out in the 89th minute at Valladolid on Sunday, with the scoreboard already reading 4-1 to the visitors.

Zidane, whose new contract with the club runs until June 30, 2022, will look to finish out the season strong, rebuild the roster in the summer with attacking talent and aim to compete for the European crown against next season.

In farcical circumstances he was replaced by then Spain manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup but Lopetegui lasted less than five months.

That's not the club Zidane left behind.

"And [we have] to remember that some of us are lucky enough to play for @realmadrid, some of us are lucky enough to form part of its history, but Real Madrid was, is and will always be Real Madrid".

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