BREAKING Zinedine Zidane appointed Real Madrid boss as Santiago Solari is sacked

Santiago Solari has been sacked by Real Madrid – and has been replaced by Zinedine Zidane.

The Argentine was only named Real Madrid boss in November when he took over from Julen Lopetegui following his poor four and a half month stint in charge.

But Solari was unable to turn things around at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid floundering down in third in La Liga, and Barcelona on course to win a 26th title.

Zidane has made a sensational return to the Bernabeu having left the club at the end of last season.

He led them to three successive Champions League crowns and four European titles in the last five years.

Los Blancos were recently knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Ajax after being thumped 4-1 at home in the second leg of their tie.

Santiago Solari has been sacked by Real Madrid

Back to back El Clasico defeats against bitter rivals Barcelona – in the league and Copa del Rey – also piled pressure on the board, who finally pulled the trigger.

Jose Mourinho was early favourite to replace Solari, but they have instead opted to appoint former boss Zidane.

He returns to the Spanish capital on a three-year contract until the summer of 2022.

Zinedine Zidane has succeeded Solari

The Frenchman was linked with the Manchester United job prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s surprisingly brilliant run in charge of the Old Trafford club.

He was also linked with the Juventus job, but is heading back to Madrid.

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