In a big shocking development, Real Madrid have acted quickly and swiftly to sack Santiago Solari and replace him with the returning fan-favorite Zinedine Zidane. Zizou has signed a contract till 2022 and will take his first training session from tomorrow, Tuesday.The official Real Madrid statement, released at 11:20 PM on the 11th of March said the following:
“The Real Madrid board of directors, which met today, Monday 11 March 2019, has decided to terminate Santiago Solari's contract as first-team coach, whilst Real Madrid have offered him the opportunity to remain at the club.
Real Madrid wish to thank Solari for his work, commitment and the loyalty that he has always displayed towards this club, which is his home.
The board of directors also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until 30 June 2022.
The Real Madrid president will address the media alongside Zinedine Zidane at 8pm (CET) tonight in the Santiago Bernabéu media room.”
The move came as somewhat of a surprise, with reports suggesting that with little left to play for, Santiago Solari would be left to continue as Real Madrid manager till the end of the season with a strong push for Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and even Max Allegri imminent in the summer.
It will be interesting to see if Zidane reinstates Isco back into the first team and whether he drops the out of form current Balloon D’Or holder Luka Modric and German midfielder Toni Kroos. Sergio Reguilon has been in fantastic form under Santi Solari and has been one of the few bright spots this season, so it will be interesting to see if Marcelo immediately comes back into the team or if Reguilon continues his renaissance this season.
With a contract running till 2022, Zinedine Zidane will be hoping to sign an out-and-out goal scorer like Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane or Robert Lewandowski, along side Eden Hazard and a world class young centre-back. But it all depends on how big Real Madrid hierarchy bets the returning Frenchman. For now, everybody at Real Madrid will be eager in anticipation to see how things pan out for Zinedine Zidane this season.