Real Madrid has officially announced that they have appointed Zinedine Zidane as manager in place of Santiago Solari. The Frenchman, who will start his second spell at the helm, has signed until 2022.
Solari’s future at Real Madrid looked bleak after being eliminated from both the Copa del Rey as well as the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane is a much-liked figure within the Madrid camp, both amongst players and fans, as his history with the club is dripping in success, both as a player and as a manager.
Zidane’s arrival and his arrival now rather than at the end of the season responds to the need to avoid that, to seek peace, stability, optimism for the future; enough damage has already been done. First, they needed to stem the bleeding.
Zidane, 46, who led the Madrid side to victory in the Champions League in the last three seasons, will replace Argentine Santiago Solari, who oversaw the team’s surprise exit in the competition to Amsterdam-based AFC Ajax NV on Tuesday, the club said in a statement
Zidane will begin immediately to finish off the current season and remain as coach for the next three through June 30, 2022, the club said. Also a fan-favorite during his time as a Real Madrid player, Zidane had been replaced as manager by Julen Lopetegui after announcing his surprise decision to leave “Los Blancos” in May. But his successor left the club after a 5-1 thrashing to rivals FC Barcelona in October.
His spell as head coach of the first team could not have been more of a success. In just two and a half years, Zidane lifted nine of the 13 possible trophies.
They were three consecutive Champions League titles, one La Liga title, two European SuperCups, two Club World Cups and one Spanish Super Cup.
As for Solari, after nearly four and a half months in charge, he says goodbye to Madrid with a record of 21 victories, two draws, and eight defeats.