Football icon Zidane replaces Solari at Real Madrid

French coach Zinedine Zidane attends the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AFP)

Zinedine Zidane said he has ‘‘recharged his batteries’’ as he spoke to the media after returning as head coach of Real Madrid on Monday replacing Santiago Solari.

The official announcement came after the board of directors met Monday in Madrid.

Real Madrid said the former football icon has accepted an offer to replace Santiago Solari and signed a contract until June 2022 - less than 10 months after stepping down as their boss.

The change comes less than a week after two losses to Barcelona and another to Ajax.

The results eliminated the club from the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, and ended its hopes of winning the Spanish league.

A history of success

Zidane has won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year.

The 46-year-old won nine trophies at Madrid and was considered a hero by supporters after managing them in one of the club’s most successful eras.

Zidane was expected to be in charge of Tuesday’s practice session, and his first game back would be on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium against Celta Vigo.

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