Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane replaces Rafael Benitez at Bernabeu

New Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane has succeeded Rafael Benitez as manager of Real Madrid after the Spaniard was relieved of his duties on Monday.

The Frenchman will officially sign a two-and-a-half year contract on Tuesday after being promoted from his role managing the club’s Castilla team.

The 43-year-old spent five years as a player with Los Blancos between 2001 and 2006 during which time he made 225 appearances in all competitions and won six major honours.

The former world player of the year will now be charged with securing more honours for the club as a manager, as Real currently sit third in the La Liga standings, four points behind top-of-the-table Atletico Madrid.

Los Blancos are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League and Zidane insists he will do all he can to bring glory back to the 10-time champions of Europe.

He said: “It’s a very important day for me. What I can tell you is that I will give everything or this club.”

Zidane’s first match in charge will be a home clash with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, with the club looking to return to winning ways following the 2-2 draw with Valencia on Sunday that ultimately led to Benitez’s dismissal.

Real are 1.13 to begin the Frenchman’s reign with a victory, whilst Depor are on offer at 17.00 and the draw is 9.00.

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