European champions Real Madrid have this evening confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as the club’s new permanent manager.
42-year-old former midfielder Solari lined out for Real for 5 years between 2000 and 2005.
After retiring from the game in 2011, Solari subsequently entered the field of management, and took over Los Blancos’ youth side in 2013.
Following 3 years at the helm, the 11-time capped Argentinian international was rewarded for his work at youth level with a move to Real’s Castilla-side, who ply their trade in Spain’s Segunda Division.
And Solari’s hard-work and diligence over the last half-decade at the Bernabeu eventually paid dividends late last month, when Julen Lopetegui’s sacking saw the South American called up to take over the reigns of the biggest club in world football on a temporary basis.
Solari’s impressive start
Real have since gone on to pick up four straight victories, made to look even more impressive when considering the fact Los Merengues had won just one fixture of their previous seven under Lopetegui, culminating in a 5-1 loss at the hands of fierce rivals Barcelona:
As such, reports began to spread last night that the board at the Bernabeu had decided to make Solari’s job as boss permanent with immediate effect, following the capital giants’ 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.
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Dani Ceballos with an absolute screamer to top off a fine night for Real Madrid. 💥
Solari seeming a good fit… 👀 pic.twitter.com/eQFZfrfbtn
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) November 11, 2018
Solari staying put
And this news was made official a short time ago, with Real having confirmed across the club’s social media channels and website that Solari will be the man charged with leading Los Blancos forward until 2021:
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) November 13, 2018