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Real Madrid set to re-appoint Zidane after Solari is sacked

Real Madrid set to re-appoint Zidane after Solari is sacked

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of Real Madrid, a mere 284 days since they parted ways.

Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with the Spanish giants before resigning in May a year ago, with his replacement Julen Lopetegui sacked in October and Solari lasting just over four months in charge.

"I have been living here in Madrid, doing my things, but I have recharged my batteries".

At the press conference after the dramatic news, the president of the club Florentino Pérez said, "The best manager in the world has rejoined the club..."

"It has been hard from outside looking in".

The Blues forward has made no secret of his admiration of Zidane, saying in 2017 that it would "be a dream" to play under the legendary Frenchman. Zidane, simply on the basis of the CV he has as a player and manager at the club, very much appears the man to provide that.

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Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has launched a passionate defence of the club amid mounting speculation over the future of coach Santiago Solari.

Zidane won that tournament in each of his three seasons in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, as well as La Liga in 2016-17, while enjoying a strong relationship with the majority of the players.

Asked whether Cristiano Ronaldo might also be tempted to return to Real Madrid from Juventus, Zidane claimed to have not yet discussed transfer decisions with Perez. The Wales global fell out of favour with Zidane during the Frenchman's final season in charge, and his return may force Bale to consider his future should he get the impression that he'll once again be on the peripheries of the starting XI.

According to European football journalist Guillem Balague, Zidane will return to the club just 10 months after leaving Los Blancos, having won a trio of European titles, which had never before been achieved in the competition's current format. We will change things, for sure.

Reports in Spain suggest Marcelo celebrated effusively after his team had won the mini-game which ended the session, including shouting "now you have to suck me" - angering Ramos who called out the Brazil worldwide for his bad language and attitude in a frank discussion which continued for a couple of minutes. "When you have won a lot, sometimes you can have a dip, and this year it has been like that". I watched from outside, but it's as if I was still here. "I'm happy to be here and I have to think about Saturday's game".