Zidane to return as Real Madrid head coach

Zidane to return as Real Madrid head coach

Madrid ranks third in La Liga, behind leaders FC Barcelona.

Former Real midfielder Zidane, 46, left in May after leading the club to a third straight Champions League trophy.

Zidane is expected to arrive on a long-term contract, not only for the remainder of the Spanish league this season.

When Zidane took to the podium to speak, the Real icon highlighted his joy at being back at the club, but also emphasised the importance of finishing the season well before looking ahead to the new campaign.

Madrid beat Valladolid 4-1 in La Liga Sunday in Valladolid, Spain.

On Zidane's return to Real Madrid on a three-and-a-half year deal, Calderon added: "The players loved him and he was able to change the ideas of coaches like Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho who managed with a strong hand".

Real Madrid players were involved in a mini-game during their final training session before they faced Real Valladolid.

Teammates were forced to step in to stop the altercation from escalating, though their disagreement did not look like turning physical.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid's decorated left-back, Marcelo also fell out of the pecking order under Santiago Solari after a string of poor performances in the season.

Solari last 32 games in charge at Madrid, after he replaced Julen Lopetegui, whose short-lived reign as manager could not have gone worse. He lasted only a few months at the helm.

The club announced that Solari, who made almost 150 appearances for Real as a player in the early 2000s before returning to the club in 2013 as youth coach, has been offered the chance to stay at the club.

Jose Mourinho, fired by Manchester United a year ago, was another strong candidate to replace Solari after succeeding with Madrid in the early 2010s. Some even wanted the club to consider former star Raul Gonzalez, who has just started coaching one of Madrid's youth squads.

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