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Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

MADRID: Real Madrid have reappointed Zinedine Zidane as the coach on a three-year deal following the sacking of Santiago Solari.

“When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.”

Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to a historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.

Solari´s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid´s season all-but over before the middle of March.

But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.