- Argentine Santiago Solari was given the boot after failing to steady Real Madrid in what has been a nightmare seaso
- Zidane will take over at the Bernabeu, 10 months after walking out of the club at the back of three Champions League triumphs in a row
- The Frenchman is expected to take charge of his first training session as early as Tuesday, March 12
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational move back to the Santiago Bernabeu, less than a year after leaving the club.
A club statement released on Monday, March 11 announced the return of Zidane at the expense of the axed Santiago Solari, who barely lasted five months in the Real Madrid dugout.
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"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.
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It is understood that the Spanish giants made contact with their former manager immediately after their shock exit out of the champions league after being stunned by Ajax at home.
A 4-1 hammering by the Dutch side proved to be the last nail on the coffin for Real Madrid as it all but ensured they would be ending a torrid season without a trophy.
Rumors were on overdrive on Monday, March 10 that Solari was on the verge of a sack, although there was still a wave of uncertainty on who would replace him.
A number of big names including sacked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had been linked with a return to Los Blancos, with Zidane emerging as a late contender.
During his first stint, Zidane took over from another under fire boss Rafa Benitez, who was also sacked months after taking charge of the club.
In a two and half year spell, Zidane surpassed expectations after enjoying superb success including winning three Champions League titles in a row, one La Liga and three club World Cups.