The Spanish giants Real Madrid have sacked their manager Rafa Benitez after a lack luster performance this season at the top brass of Spanish La Liga.
Real Madrid Perez said in an official press conference that they have decided to terminate the contract of the former Liverpool coach and have placed the club legend Zinedine Zidane in charge (quotes via Real Madrid official website)
“Today we have made the difficult decision, particularly for me, to terminate the contract of Rafa Benítez as first-team coach. I wish to underline that he is a great professional and a magnificent person, and I would like to take this opportunity to place on record my gratitude to him for his hard work and dedication during his months as coach of Real Madrid”
Zidane was the assistant coach when the Los Blancos side won their La Decima, which was their 10th UCL title, which is why Perez believed that he is the ideal man for the job as he understands the psychology of the club and its players.
“I would also like to announce that the Real Madrid Board of Directors have decided to name Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of the first team. There can be no doubt that Zidane is one of the game’s all-time great figures. He knows better than anyone just what it means to lead the Real Madrid first-team squad. He’s fully aware of how tough and at the same time how exciting this demanding position is. Furthermore, Zidane knows the players, as many of them lifted the club’s tenth European Cup in Lisbon with him as assistant coach”
On this occasion Zidane said that he is extremely happy to biggest and best club in the world and he would put his heart and soul into this club so that the team can reach new heights.
“Many thanks to everyone. It’s an important day for me, as I’m sure is the case for everyone, and I’m excited, even more so than when I signed as a player; but that’s to be expected. All I can say is that I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club to try to ensure everything turns out well”.