BREAKING NEWS: Zidane returns to Real Madrid after 10 months

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/03/2019

Zinedine Zidane has returned as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after leaving the La Liga giant to replace former team-mate Santiago Solari, who was in charge for less than five months.

The 46-year French coach quit as Los Blacons manager in May after leading the Spanish side to a third straight Champions League title and 1998 World Cup winner has agreed to take over until 2022, the club announced.

Real Madrid's board of directors met with Solari on Monday evening to dismiss the Argentine and rehire Zidane after the European holders season fall apart in the space of a week with back-to-back defeats in the Copa del Rey and La Liga, leaving them 12 points behind rivals Barcelona.

A surprise 4-1 loss to Ajax in the Champions League at Santiago Bernabeu and 5-3 aggregate loss to the Dutch side was the final straw for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

A club statement read: "The board of directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team.

"Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to what is his home.

"The board of directors has also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022."

Zidane was first appointed Real Madrid boss in January 2016 after a spell in charge of the B team, and he became the first coach to win the Champions League in three straight seasons.