Zinedine Zidane Takes Over Real Madrid After Rafael Benitez Was Sacked

Zinedine Zidane has replaced Rafael Benitez as manager of Real Madrid following the Spaniard’s sacking after just seven months in charge.

Benitez’s last match as boss saw Real twice throw away a lead as they drew 2-2 at Gary Neville’s Valencia on Sunday evening, leaving the club four points off leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

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

In his 25 games into a three-year contract, Benitez led Real to 17 wins, five draws and three defeats at a win percentage of 68, the seventh-highest in the club’s history.

Zidane is Real Madrid’s 13th manager this century, having won just one league title in the previous seven seasons.

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 for 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.”

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