Rafael Benítez has left his position as Real Madrid coach seven months after his appointment, with Zinédine Zidane taking charge.

“This is an important day for me,” said Zidane as he was unveiled alongside his family on Monday evening. “I’m more excited now than I was when I signed as a player. I am going to put my heart and soul into this job so that everything works out well.The 55-year-old’s departure was announced today along with the promotion of Zidane to his first head coaching role. The Frenchman, 43, previously worked as assistant to Benítez’s predecessor Carlo Ancelotti and, since 2014, had occupied the helm of reserve team Real Madrid Castilla.
“We have the best club and fans in the world. Tomorrow I will be with the team and get to work. Thanks to everyone. What we must do now, and what I will try to do, is all that is possible so that this team wins something at the end of the season.”
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