Real Madrid have officially dismissed Rafa Benitez as manager and appointed Zinedine Zidane as the new head coach.
The board of directors held an urgent meeting this afternoon after Los Blancos’ draw at Valencia on Sunday. The club directors decided to dismiss Benitez and hire Zidane for the job.
Inmediately after, Florentino Perez announced the decision at a press conference in which Zidane and his family were present.
Perez didn’t provide any details on the decision to fire Benitez. He simply said the Spanish manager “is a great professional and a great person, and I want to thank him for his job.”
The Los Merengues president also praised Zidane, claiming “he has always faced every challenge with respect and pride.” “He knows better than anyone what Real Madrid means, and he is aware of how hard and thrilling this job is,” he added.
Perez addressed the new boss to tell him “Madridistas will always be by your side, Zinedine; you are the manager of Real Madrid and I am proud to have you at my side.”
Former Los Blancos midfielder Santiago Solari will leave his job as the Under-19 team manager to become Zidane’s assistant.
Although this is not official yet, sources from the Santiago Bernabeu have suggested Victor Fernandez will replace Zidane at Real Madrid Castilla.