Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid - Where does this leave Jose Mourinho

Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid - Where does this leave Jose Mourinho

The 46-year-old will replace Santiago Solari, who had been in charge for less than five months.

According to a report from La Sexta and seconded by COPE, the former French worldwide will replace Santiago Solari as the Real Madrid manager in an announcement that could come as soon as today.

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.

Five days after a third victory in last season's Champions League final over Liverpool, the French coach and former Real Madrid midfielder made a decision to walk away, saying it was the right moment to depart. I'm happy to be back, working at this great club and especially with the squad. Zidane, who won the World Cup with France as a player, is expected to take charge of training on Tuesday. Madrid trails leader Barcelona by 12 points with 11 matches left.

Asked about Juventus icon Zinedine Zidane on the eve of Atletico Madrid's clash against the Italians, Diego Simeone dismissed the question. Before their 3-1 success against Liverpool, there were several calls from the Madrid faithful for Zidane to be replaced. The club said it offered him an opportunity to remain with the club in a different position.

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Solari led Madrid to 22 wins, eight losses and two draws in all competitions, and helped the team win the Club World Cup in December.

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.

Julen Lopetegui was sacked after three months and Santiago Solari's team self-combusted in six days, as defeats to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax rendered their season dead before the middle of March. Zidane will always have a three successive Champions Leagues as Real Madrid manager, however it could easily be tainted by a disastrous second spell at the Spanish giants. He lasted only a few months at the helm.

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