Real Madrid sack Santiago Solari as Zinedine Zidane prepares for stunning return to the Bernabeu hot seat

Real Madrid have sacked Santiago Solari as manager following their dismal run of recent form, with Zinedine Zidane set to return to the club he left 10 months ago

Solari, who played 131 times for Real in La Liga between 2000 and 2005, was promoted from his role in charge of the Real Madrid B team following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in October.

But Real continued to toil, and over the past two weeks have exited the Copa del Rey at the hands of their great rivals Barcelona, lost another clasico to effectively end their slim La Liga hopes, before last weeks 4-1 defeat by Ajax in the Champions league

The departures of Zidane and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer combined to derail a team which had won three Champions League titles in succession.

Now the Frenchman will return to oversee a rebuild in the summer, with the club expected to go on their biggest transfer splurge in years.

News of Zidane’s incredible return was broken on Monday afternoon by Spanish radio, with sources at the club soon confirming the reports.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Juventus’s Max Allegri were also considered potential targets by the Real Madrid hierarchy, while in a guest column for the i newspaper this week, the former club president Ramon Calderon claimed Mourinho would agree a contract for three years.

“I understand Mourinho will sign a deal for the remainder of this season and for another three years, with a net salary of £17m per year,” Calderon wrote.

“For the president (Florentino Perez), Mourinho will be the perfect shield against the unhappiness in the media, the fans and the players. But it will not be easy, and I predict it will be very difficult over the next three months.”

As reported from independent.co.uk

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