Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as the coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari was officially sacked by one of the world’s richest club on Monday. Just nine months after resigning at the end of last season, Madrid has handed Zidane an official contract until June 2022 – the club said in an official statement. The 46-year old Frenchman has Real Madrid to a historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.

“Real Madrid’s board met today and decided to end the contract linking Santiago Solari to the club as first team coach and, at the same time, have offered to keep him at the club. The board have named Zinedine Zidane as the new coach to be incorporated immediately for the rest of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022,” read Madrid’s statement.

Speculations were made about Solari’s dismissal following Real Madrid’s three consecutive home defeats including twice to Barcelona and once to Ajax. But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.

“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.

“The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”

Immensely popular with most of the players, Zidane’s appointment will almost certainly lift morale in the dressing room, following a week in which captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly argued with club president Florentino Perez and been involved in a training ground spat with Marcelo.

(With Agency Inputs)