Rabat - Real Madrid dismissed on Monday Spanish coach Rafael Benitez after just seven months in charge and replaced him with club legend Zinedine Zidane.
Rabat – Real Madrid dismissed on Monday Spanish coach Rafael Benitez after just seven months in charge and replaced him with club legend Zinedine Zidane.
“We have taken the difficult decision to rescind the contract of Rafael Benitez as coach,” said Madrid president Florentino Perez. “The Real Madrid board has decided to name Zinedine Zidane as coach of the first team.”
Perez praised the French coach’s qualities and his ability to “face the greatest challenges of football.”
“He knows better than anyone how to lead a first team like Real Madrid. He knows very well his players. As an assistant, he won the tenth Champions League Real. He knew how to face the greatest challenges of football,” Perez added.
After he made the announcement, Real Madrid’s boss addressed Zidane saying that he would enjoy his full support, as well as the support of the club’s fans.
“You have all our trust and all on support so that our fans can again dream. All Madrid is at your side. For you, the word impossible does not exist,” Perez concluded.
Before his appointment on Monday, Zidane was in charge of Madrid’s B team for a year and a half.