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11th Mar 2019

Zinedine Zidane set to return to Real Madrid in the next 24 hours

Santiago Solari will be relieved of his duties

Darragh Murphy

Zinedine Zidane is expected to return to Real Madrid by tomorrow.

The infamously temperamental Florentino Perez has seen enough from Santiago Solari and will relieve the Argentine of his duties on Monday evening, according to a report in l’Equipe.

Spanish football insider Guillem Balague confirmed that Zidane would be returning to his post and take training on Tuesday.

Zidane shocked the world when he left Real Madrid last May, just days after delivering the club’s third Champions League trophy in a row, and cited Real’s need for change when asked why he decided to walk away so suddenly.

The team to which he is expected to return is slightly different in that he no longer has Cristiano Ronaldo to turn to while the likes of Vinicius Junior and Thibaut Courtois are now part of the squad.

Pressure has mounted on Solari in recent weeks after Real fell to two El Clasico defeats in the space of a week before Los Blancos crashed out of the Champions League to Ajax six days ago.

Sunday night’s victory over Real Valladolid was not enough to save Solari’s job, if the latest reports are to be believed, and if Zidane takes over on Tuesday, he will have a full four days to prepare the team for Saturday’s home clash with Celta Vigo.

There’s never a dull moment at the Santiago Bernabeu…