OFFICIAL: Solari sacked, Zidane Appointed

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - MAY 19: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid looks on prior to the La Liga match between Villarreal and Real Madrid at Estadio de La Ceramica on May 19, 2018 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have officially signed Zinedine Zidane on a three-and-a-half year deal after parting ways with Santiago Solari.

The Frenchman, who left Real last summer after leading the club to three successive Champions League titles was brought back to arrest the rot at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish giants were bundled out of three competitions in the space of 10 days when Barcelona knocked them out of the Copa del Rey, followed by a league defeat, while Ajax hammered them 4-1 in the Champions League on their patch to complete the rout.

A statement from Real Madrid read: “The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team.

“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown.

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“The Board of Directors has also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.

“The president of Real Madrid will appear today with Zinedine Zidane before the media at 8:00 pm in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.”