Zinedine Zidane Discusses Return to Real Madrid During Los Blancos Press Conference

Zinedine Zidane Discusses Return to Real Madrid During Los Blancos Press Conference

Isco apologized for not getting on the bus on the day of Ajax.

Balague also delivered an update on Gareth Bale, claiming that the appointment is bad news for the Wales winger given the hostility between both Bale and Zidane during the Frenchman's last stint as Madrid boss.

A statement on the official website said: "The Board of Directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has made a decision 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". Real lost to Barcelona twice in recent weeks and was eliminated from the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and also essentially knocked out of the race in La Liga.

Zidane was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, the former Spain coach fired before the World Cup for taking the Madrid job.

"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".

As a outcome, manager Santiago Solari's future at the club seems to be uncertain, as well as the futures of a few first-team players, namely Marcelo.

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With the return of Zidane, Real Madrid now have the second most successful coach in their history back at the helm.

Real were hoping to wait until the end of the season before appointing a new manager, with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on Perez's radar, but it seems a return for Zidane is now imminent.

"The only moment where I had this feeling was with Chelsea, not with Real Madrid".

Marcelo, 30, has won 20 trophies including four Champions League titles in more than a decade at the Bernabeu, but his future remains uncertain, given 22-year-old youth team product Sergio Reguilon has emerged as Solari's first choice left-back in recent months.

It is thought Solari will remain at the club in another capacity.

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