Having only resigned last year after winning a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid, Galáctico legend Zinedine Zidane is set to make his return to the club, replacing current manager Santiago Solari.
The news comes after a string of poor results from the Spanish giants, with the most impactful being their exit from this year’s Champions League competition after losing over two legs to Dutch side Ajax.
Their exit from the Champions League rubbed further salt in the clubs wounds, especially after suffering back-to-back defeats in both the Copa Del Rey and La Liga against long-term rivals Barcelona, which leaves them with very little hopes of taking home the league title.
With players such as Gareth Bale showing evident disinterest, the club has seen a shift in chemistry, which had begun as soon as the clubs legendary all time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo left to join Juventus in 2018.
Former president Ramon Calderon told Sky Sport that Jose Mourinho was in fact the clubs first choice to take over, however it now understood that Zidane will make his return to his Santiago Bernabéu. Zidane, during his initial reign, became the only coach to have claimed back-to-back Champions League titles, though despite his impressive European success, he came under pressure for winning only one La Liga title during his two and a half years as manager.
According to reputable Spanish media outlet Marca, Solari has already said his farewells to the first team, with Zidane expected to take on his first training session on Tuesday (12 March) before leading the players out once again in his first game back against Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu on Saturday.