Rafael Benítez out as Real Madrid appoints Zidane their new manager
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Real Madrid, who failed to win a trophy last season under their Italian manager , hired former Liverpool manager Benítez as Ancelotti's replacement for the 2015–16 season. Benítez had previously won the with Liverpool F.C., the with , and the with London-based club However he was heavily criticised after a 4–0 defeat by Barcelona in the at and a shock exit from the for including an ineligible player in the squad, Russian .
Having won only seventeen out of 25 matches with Los Blancos, Benítez's last match for Real Madrid ended in a 2–2 draw to Valencia in an away match on Sunday; they are third in thetable, four points behind league leaders and local rivals .
|I'm going to put my heart and soul into this club|
Zinedine Zidane is a former Real Madrid legend and coach of Real's reserve team, Frenchman and said Zidane "knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid first-team squad.". Real's president appointed the
Real Madrid has had eleven managers in the twelve years that Pérez has been president. Zidane, expressing his gratitude to Pérez, said "I'm going to put my heart and soul into this club".
Zidane was assistant manager to Ancelotti when Real Madrid won their tenth European Championship. Back in 2001, Real Madrid paid-based club the equivalent of 45.8 million to sign Zidane. Pérez said to Zidane, "This is your stadium and your club and you have all our confidence and trust to make the fans excited once more. It makes me proud because I know that for you the word impossible does not exist."
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