Real Madrid president Florentino Perez makes £300m transfer promise to Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez makes £300m transfer promise to Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez makes £300m transfer promise to Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid have sacked Santiago Solari and replaced him with Zinedine Zidane, the club confirmed on Monday.

Zidane won nine trophies in two and a half years during his first spell as Real Madrid's coach up until last June, including the Champions League title at the end of each of his seasons in charge.

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology", he said at a news conference explaining his resignation previous year.

Zidane was the standout favourite for Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid president was willing to do whatever it took to get him back on side.

"I do not want to forget what we won [the Champions League], but also not forget the bad things we did all together previous year", he said.

However, the attacking midfielder played some of his best football for Madrid under Zidane, a fact evidenced by the five-year contract he was handed in September 2017.

Zidane, speaking after Pérez said, "I'm very happy to be here..."

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Real have offered Solari the chance to remain at Madrid in a different role if he wants to continue working at the Bernabeu.

For Marcelo's part, the Brazilian had fallen down the pecking order under Solari and, as a favourite of Zidane, looks like to return to the starting XI under the Frenchman.

Sources told Marca and the Spanish radio station COPE that the La Liga club will fire manager Santiago Solari and reappoint Zidane to the post.

The Welsh worldwide might have left last summer had Zidane stayed but instead it was Cristiano Ronaldo that departed and the Frenchman now takes over a team missing the Portugese's goals and in urgent need of reform. "I am here because the president called me", he added.

It was reported after Madrid's 4-1 weekend win against Real Valladolid that Solari, 42, was to be relieved of his duties on Monday, less than four months after he was given the job on a permanent basis.

"These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn't stop us, we're not going to let defeat stop us", he wrote. "I'm happy to be here and I have to think about Saturday's game".

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