Zinedine Zidane Reappointed As Real Madrid Manager Until 2022

The tasks facing Zidane as he returns to Real Madrid

The news of Zidane's reappointment was broken by Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué this afternoon, with the World Cup victor returning to the Real Madrid training ground on Tuesday.

After his first appointment as coach in January 2016, he oversaw one of Real Madrid's most glorious eras, in which it won three UEFA Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Supercups, one La Liga title and one Spanish Super Cup in two-and-a-half seasons.

Madrid return to action on Saturday, when they host Celta Vigo in La Liga.

"The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has made a decision to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team".

Perhaps in this middle-ground, with pressure neither from above or below, Zidane sees an opportunity to begin the reform. I haven't given interviews in these nine months.

Few coaches can rival the trophy haul of this current Madrid squad and perhaps, for Lopetegui and Solari, that was part of the problem.

Shortly after Zidane left, Cristiano Ronaldo announced he was leaving to join Juventus, and Madrid has endured an up-and-down season which led to the humiliating losses to Barcelona and Ajax at the Bernabeu.

Real crashed out of the Champions League against Ajax
Real crashed out of the Champions League against Ajax

Zidane remains one of the game's all-time great players, his blend of sublime skill wrapped up in a muscular frame driving France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil. I came back because the president called me.

Solari, a former Real Madrid and Argentina midfielder who took over at the Bernabeu on November 13, had replaced former Spain manager Lopetegui but failed to bring success to the Bernabeu. Real were also eliminated from the Champions League last Tuesday in the last 16 by Ajax Amsterdam.

Things are set to change though, at least from the perspective of an expectant fan base who have been deprived of the type of success they've become accustomed-to in recent seasons.

"Already as a player he was extraordinary".

Zidane is expected to be presented to the public later today.

It is why Madrid so wanted him back.

"The Board of Directors has named Zinedine Zidane as the new trainer of Real Madrid effective immediately for the rest of the season and until June 30th 2022", the football club said in a statement.

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