Just 10 months after leaving the Spanish club, Zinedine Zidane has made a surprise return to coach Real Madrid in a press conference made at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 46-year-old Zidane signed a deal until 30 June 2022 and will immediately replace Santiago Solari, who was promoted from the B team to manage the senior side, but eventually sacked after less than five months in charge.
Real Madrid gives heartfelt thanks for Solari after the work and commitment he has done, including the loyalty he showed to the team.
The club’s president Florentino Perez confirmed the news over the newly-appointed Frenchman for his second stint as manager, despite resigning from the role after winning third consecutive Champions League title in May 2018.
Going back, Zidane won nine trophies during his first stint at the club and Perez is really happy to have what he called ‘the best coach in the world.’
“The best coach in the world is returning to Real Madrid, and all madridistas are proud to have you back. You represent the greatness of this club. Welcome to your home! Our destinies are once again united.” Perez said
Meanwhile, Zidane is excited to get back to work and bring the club to where it belongs.
“I’m delighted to be back. It’s a special day for everyone and I’m happy, that’s the most important thing. As the president said, I’m very happy to be back home. What I want to do is get back down to work and I love what this club has always stood for. The only thing that I’m focused on is getting down to work again tomorrow. I want to put this club back where it belongs. It has been difficult from the outside looking in. I have been living here in Madrid, doing my things. But I have recharged my batteries. I’m ready to coach this great club again.” The newly re-appointed coach stated
Meanwhile, here are the honors that Zidane achieved during his time at the helm as a coach:
- Three Champions League
- Two Club World Cups
- Two UEFA Super Cups
- One La Liga title
- One Spanish Super Cup
Moving forward, Zidane will be using the same coaching staff during his previous spell and focus will 11 games to go in the La Liga.
As of now, they are currently third in the league, with 12 points behind leaders FC Barcelona and trailing five points against Atletito Madrid for the second spot of the standing table.
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