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Official: Real Announce Shock Return Of Zidane

After being eliminated in Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid have officially announced the shock return of Zinedine Zidane, who replaces Santiago Solari.

Click through the mini-gallery to see how Zidane's record compares to Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.

Former Los Blancos midfielder Solari only took over from Julen Lopetegui when the Spaniard was dismissed in October, but has today been released of his duties, as confirmed by the club.

 

"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 and, at the same time, Real Madrid has offered to continue belonging to the club," the club said in a statement on its website, as translated from Spanish into English.

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"Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this house.

"The Board of Directors has also agreed 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."

Solari has been in charge for 28 games and lifted the FIFA Club World Cup in December, but with four of his eight defeats coming in the last three weeks, Real have cut their ties with the former Castilla manager.

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Zidane returns to the club 10 months after resigning following a trophy-laden first spell that saw him lift nine trophies, including three successive UCL titles.

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