Real Madrid are set to reappoint former manager Zinedine Zidane later this afternoon
Zidane left the club last summer unhappy about the planning for this season but he could be about to make a dramatic return.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will meet with fellow directors at 5pm to discuss the appointment of the club’s third coach of the season.
There will be a directors’ meeting today to discuss who should succeed Santiago Solari
President Florentino Perez (centre) is set to meet with fellow directors at 5pm today
ZINEDINE ZIDANE AT THE BERNABEU
La Liga: 2016–17
Supercopa de Espana: 2017
UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017
FIFA Club World Cup: 2016, 2017
All trophies won by Zinedine Zidane while manager of Real Madrid
And that, according to reports in Spain, will be Zidane, who will take Real Madrid training on Tuesday.
The Frenchman said he needed to step down in the summer in order for the club to ‘keep winning’.
Perez asked him to come back after Madrid crashed out of the Champions League against Ajax but it seemed impossible that Zidane would return having seen his worst fears realised in the way Madrid’s season has been a disaster after selling Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
Zidane said no to his former president and the continual pursuit seemed to be a strategy so that Perez could make the unpopular appointment of Jose Mourinho.
It would give the president the chance to say he tried to bring in the man the supporters wanted and only turned to Mourinho when the attempt failed.
But on Monday lunchtime La Sexta journalist Jose Luis Sanchez – who has close links to the president – claimed Perez would announce Zidane’s return after the early evening board meeting.
Perez was ready to table a £14.5million offer to Mourinho and it is thought a similar amount will be offered to bring Zidane back into the fray.
The former France midfielder already rejected one approach from Perez, however, so the president will have had to go all in to acquire his services once again.
Zidane oversaw an incredible period of success in the Spanish capital, winning an incredible nine trophies in just two-and-a-half years in charge.
It is a blow for Jose Mourinho, who wanted to return to Madrid after his Man United sacking
Los Blancos’ season has been very underwhelming following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure
Nine months ago Zidane lifted the Champions League for third time in a row as manager
The club have lost faith in Solari after being unceremoniously dumped out of Europe’s premier club competition. They were hammered at home to ensure their title defence came to an abrupt halt.
Los Blancos also sit a sizeable 12 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona in the La Liga table and it is thought this is Perez’s final attempt to salvage something from this season.
Mourinho, meanwhile, has been hoping for a sensational return of his own. Following a poor start to the season at Manchester United, fans grew restless with not only results, but the manner in which they lost.
His potential appointment at the Bernabeu is reported to have caused a stir among some star names, who were dreading his seemingly imminent return.
But the door now appears to be firmly closed with Zidane ready to take the reins once more.
Similarly, it looks to have locked Mauricio Pochettino in at Tottenham – especially with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nailed on to be appointed permanently at Old Trafford.
Zidane’s appointment could also mean Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham
It could also have some massive implications for star players such as winger Gareth Bale