Zinedine Zidane returns as Real Madrid manager after Santiago Solari is sacked

Zinedine Zidane spoke of a "second project" and repeatedly mentioned "changes" to a Real Madrid squad that needs renewing as he made his shock return to the Bernabeu on Monday evening.

Zidane has taken over at the club once more on a three-and-a-half-year contract - just under ten months after he resigned and walked away from the club.

Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after quitting his job at the Bernabeu.

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology", he said at a news conference explaining his resignation previous year.

Solari's future at Real Madrid looked bleak after being eliminated from both the Copa del Rey as well as the Champions League.

He made his decision to re-appoint the Frenchman after his team's Champions League hoped were dealt a huge blow when they were dumped out of the competition by Ajax.

"Now the important thing is that I am back, and there is time to talk and see what needs to be done".

The Welsh worldwide might have left last summer had Zidane stayed but instead it was Cristiano Ronaldo that departed and the Frenchman now takes over a team missing the Portugese's goals and in urgent need of reform. Madrid hired Solari in November, giving him a contract through 2021.

A major difference between the Real Zidane left and that which he is re-entering is Cristiano Ronaldo no longer being at the club. But now, it seems Real Madrid is too big for him.

Paper Round's view: Plumping for a former manager is rarely the best way to move forward, but in this instance it is hard to deny it is a shrewd piece of business from Perez, as well as Zidane himself, while the prospect of Mourinho would have created more problems than it was worth.

Ramos, who was also suspended for Sunday's 4-1 LaLiga win at Real Valladolid but travelled with the team nonetheless, has now sought to explain his side of the story on recent topics while also lending support to under-fire head coach Santiago Solari. "I'm happy to be here and I have to think about Saturday's game".

  • Steve Townsend