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After replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016, Zidane won nine trophies, which amounted to an average of one every 16 games that he was in charge.

Real Madrid fans are hoping that Zinedine Zidane's return will bring back the glory days which saw them claim three successive Champions League titles under his guidance.

Having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the semi-finals by Barcelona, and then losing to their arch-rivals again at the weekend, a shocking week for the club is concluded as they are humiliated by Ajax in the Champions League.

Yet in terms of individual brilliance, his best moment came in a Real Madrid shirt, his winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen arguably the greatest ever in a European final, perhaps only bettered, ironically, by Bale's previous year. The former midfielder stated his reason behind the move was "because the president called me, and I love the president and the club very much".

Zidane is expected to be presented to the public later today. Madrid trails leader Barcelona by 12 points with 11 matches left.

Solari has been relieved of his duties despite a 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday evening.

Real Madrid have found their man. The club said it offered him an opportunity to remain with the club in a different position.

The 46-year-old was replaced by ex-Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui who only lasted in the role until October before being sacked.

And after signing a deal confirming his re-appointment at Real, Zidane has reportedly identified Chelsea midfielder Kante as his first transfer target as he looks to rebuild his squad, according to La Gazetta dello Sport reporter Nicolò Schira. In addition to the three Champions League titles, he also led Madrid to the 2017 Spanish league title, the club's first since 2012. He lasted only a few months at the helm.

Jose Mourinho, fired by Manchester United a year ago, was another strong candidate to replace Solari after succeeding with Madrid in the early 2010s.

Los Blancos announced Monday on their website they've hired the soccer legend as head coach on a three-year contract.


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