Zidane set to replace Benitez as Real head: reports

Johannesburg, Jan.4 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, then under-fire Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez could soon be sacked by the Spanish giants, just seven months after taking the charge.

The Spanish media outlets have reported that Benitez’s sacking will be made official in the coming hours with club’s reserve team coach Zinedine Zidane to take over.

Madrid were unable to take advantage of the lead and ultimately played a 2-2 draw against Valencia on Sunday, leaving Benitez’s men four points adrift of local rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, Sport24 reported.

Benitez’s appointment in June was not largely accepted, neither by the fans or the club’s star players, who wanted his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti to stay.

The relationship of the 55-year-old with the dressing room had also been not that good, with key players such as Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez often showing their repulsion at being substituted.

Zidane had earlier quashed speculations that he was going to replace Benitez as the team coach, saying that he is still in a learning process when it comes to coaching a senior team.

The Frenchman, however, had earlier stated his desire to coach the senior team of Real Madrid. (ANI)

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