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Real sack Benitez, Zidane takes over

Real sack Benitez, Zidane takes over

Real Madrid

Former French International Zinedine Zidane has been appointed new coach of Real Madrid.

Zidane is replacing sacked boss of the Spanish giants Rafael Benitez, the club has announced.

Zidane is to see to an efficient transition of Madrid from this week to the start of the new season. Zidane wanted to talk full charge next season but was impressed upon to do so now.

The Frenchman said at the club’s press conference: “I’m going to do everything I can to make the best for this club. It’s a very important day for me. What I can tell you is that I will give everything or this club.

“Ever since I arrived as a player I knew how great this club was. We have the best fans in the world and the best club in the world and I’ll do everything to win.”
Club president Florentino Perez said of Zidane: “He is one of the greatest players of all time. Zidane, you are from this moment, the coach of Real Madrid.”

And of Benitez, Perez added: “I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional.”

Benitez, a former Chelsea and Liverpool man who took over in June, has struggled to make Madrid look good in the face of a brilliant opposition in rivals Barcelona.

With the Copa Del Ray slipped by due to an administrative error, the club may look to the Champions League for some respite. That responsibility now becomes Zidane’s.

Benitez joined Madrid in June from Florentino. He played some 25 games, winning 17 and drawing 5 and losing 3 in the process. And even though he was criticized for adopting a defensive style of play, it was not enough to stop Madrid from conceiving 22 goals this season.

Zidane comes in with an appreciable wealth of goodwill. A former player who knows the club all too well, he may as well be the saviour club President Florentino Perez, is looking for.

Zidane,made 225 appearances for the club, was managing Real Madrid Castilla, but has now been promoted to manager of the 10-time European champions.