Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari's sacking.
The French legend, who was part of France's World Cup winning squad of 1998, has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Solari's dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats - twice to Barcelona, and to Ajax in the Champions League. The latest setbacks before the middle of March have all-but finished Real's season.
This makes Zidane's return with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, a surprise. If one may recall, he had left Madrid on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.
"Real Madrid's board has decided to terminate Santiago Solari's contract as coach of the first team. Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club. The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022," read an official statement.