Returning coach Zinedine Zidane hints at big changes for Real Madrid

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The news of Zidane's reappointment was broken by Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué this afternoon, with the World Cup victor returning to the Real Madrid training ground on Tuesday.

Real Madrid's reappointment of club legend Zinedine Zidane as manager sent waves of hysteria across the fan base of the Spanish giants, while placing a sense of relief upon that of Tottenham's.

Madrid return to action on Saturday, when they host Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Former midfielder Zidane first left the club last May after leading Los Blancos to their third Champions League victory in a row.

The main condition on which Zidane's return hinged upon was power. "Maybe after four months it would not have been like that, but now I really do". The former Argentina and Madrid player had been the "B" team's coach before taking over the main squad in October.

Zidane was popular with nearly all of them, save Gareth Bale, whose future at Real Madrid now appears in serious doubt.

"He's one of the greatest people we've ever had at this club", Solari said, at his first press conference in November.

He came back for them too, returning one year after announcing his worldwide retirement in 2004 and leading France to the 2006 World Cup final, when he was sent off for headbutting the Italian defender Marco Materazzi.

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"The board of directors also agreed on the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as head coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three campaigns, until 30 June 2022".

Real Madrid have made the announcement official.

In an ultimate mic-drop moment, Zizou left Real last May after winning three-straight UEFA Champions League trophies.

"Already as a player he was extraordinary".

It is widely expected that one day Zidane will manage France himself, while a return to Juventus, not Madrid, was considered his most likely next move in club football.

The 46-year-old will replace Santiago Solari, who had been in charge for less than five months.

It is why Madrid so wanted him back.

Zidane quit not long after Madrid won the Champions League title last season, saying that he and the club needed a change in command to keep succeeding.