Zinedine Zidane confirmed as Real Madrid's new manager


So much had happened in such a short amount of time but Zidane, having won the Champions League and La Liga last season, found himself in the firing line a year later.

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

The club announced the hiring of Zinedine Zidane as manager on Monday, and also the sacking of Santiago Solari.

Almost 10 months after he resigned, Zidane returns to a club in disarray.

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

Gareth Bale was one of the few to suffer during Zidane's previous spell in charge, with the pair barely on speaking terms in the run-up to the Champions League final.

Sergio Ramos had said earlier on Monday he accepts blame for the club's "deeply disappointing" season but insists the players have no say on the coaching situation.

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Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane's appointment will nearly certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly argued with club president Perez and been involved in a training ground spat with Marcelo.

The results led to allegations of in-fighting at the club, with Ramos said to have argued with president Florentino Perez in the dressing room after the Ajax match, while it was also suggested he clashed with Marcelo in training. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.

It is understood Real have made a proposal to Chelsea, who value Hazard at £100million despite the fact he will only have 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season.

Reserve-team boss Solari came in as caretaker before being given a contract to 2021 on 13 November.

Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Isco after he publicly fell out with manager Santiago Solari.

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