The former Liverpool manager has been
relieved of his duties at the Santiago
Bernabeu after slipping four points behind
city rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of La
Liga Real Madrid have sacked Rafa Benitez and named Zinedine Zidane as his
replacement. The 32-time Spanish champions fell four points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 2-2 draw against Valencia on Sunday and Benitez was dismissed following a board meeting held on Monday afternoon.
Club legend Zidane, who has until this
point managed Madrid’s ‘B’ team, has long
been linked with the top job and will now
take charge. Real president Florentino Perez said: “I am here to say that the board has just decided, in a difficult decision, especially for me, to end contract of Rafa as first- team coach.
“I would like to make it clear that he is a
great professional.
“Zinedine Zidane knows better than
anyone what it is like to stand at the front
and lead Real Madrid. Throughout his
career he has always been able to face up
to huge challenges.


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