Football: Real Madrid confirms Solari as coach until 2021

MADRID: Santiago Solari on Tuesday (November 13) was confirmed until 2021 as coach of Real Madrid after his successful spell as boss of the European champions.

"The board of directors of Real Madrid has met today and has decided to appoint Santiago Solari as coach of the first team until June 30, 2021," the club said in a statement.

Solari's anointing as a dismissed final successor to Julen Lopetegui comes after the victories in his first four games.

And with 15 scored goals and only two granted, the 42-year old Argentinian has made the best start ever for a real manager.

After flogging Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.

The upswing has left Madrid only four points behind the leaders in Barcelona and in terms of qualifying for the last 16 in Europe.

Solari was handed the reins on a temporary basis of two weeks on October 29 after Lopetegui had followed a miserable game that included only one victory in seven games.

The last of them, a 5-1 shot in the hands of Barcelona, ​​turned out to be the last drop for club chairman Florentino Perez, but the team has recovered under their new coach.

The news that he had received a permanent contract came out on Monday when the Spanish federation announced: "Everything is fine, Real Madrid has worked out its contract and there are no problems."

The Spanish press had urged Real to appoint the former Castilla & # 39; B & # 39; team coach.

Solari's maiden match as long-term boss is the trip to Eibar in La Liga on November 25, following the international break.

Zinedine Zidane was also raised in the mid-season by Castilla in 2016 and led the team five months later to the first of three consecutive Champions League trophies.

This is Solari's first job for a first team.

Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low were all associated with the position.

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