BREAKING: Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

BREAKING: Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

Real Madrid officially confirmed that Zinedine Zidane has returned to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane has made a surprise return to coach the Spanish giants less than a year after leaving them. His resignation was five days after winning his third consecutive Champions League with the club, a victory over Liverpool in Kiev.

The 46-year-old’s record at Madrid is at an impressive 69.8% win rate, seeing victory 104 times out of 149 matches, and only suffering defeat 16 times.

The club picked up two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super-Cups, one La Liga title and a Spanish Super-Cup alongside the three coveted Champions League crowns under his reign.

Madrid also confirmed that they offered Santiago Solari to stay in the club —in an undisclosed role— while they scheduled a press conference for 20:00 CEST to welcome Zidane back.

Zidane is replacing Solari who took over after the club’s dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. Under Solari’s management, the team was knocked out by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semis and Ajax in the Champions League’s Round of 16 which prompted the board of directors to take drastic measures before matters got out of hand.

The Frenchman will reportedly have full control of the transfers and could rebuild the squad for the next season. Several players such as Isco, Ceballos, Odriozola, and Asensio will have extended minutes and starting matches to showcase their long term reliability for the future.

Roman Abramovich might have to look elsewhere for his next manager.

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