Zidane is set to return to Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is set to make a sensational return as Real Madrid manager, according to reports in Spain.

The Frenchman resigned at the Bernabeu at the end of last season following a third successive Champions League title.

But the club has since struggled, with Julen Lopetegui fired after a disastrous start to the season and Santiago Solari unable to navigate Los Blancos past the last 16 in Europe, with Ajax handing them a humiliating exit.

Zidane has taken a sabbatical from the game but has persistently been linked with a return, with Manchester United and Juventus also strongly linked.

La Sexta on El Chiringuito de Jugones have reported Zidane will be announced as the next permanent manager of Real Madrid and that it could be announced officially in the coming days.

Zidane could even take training on Tuesday, the report adds.

Solari oversaw a disastrous week at the Bernabeu, with a Copa del Rey exit at the hands of rivals Barcelona, as well as a league defeat in the clasico.

Their season was effectively ended with their home defeat to Ajax and the search for a new manager appears to have begun.

With Madrid now 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and Atletico Madrid five points ahead in second, big changes are expected this summer.

Next up for Madrid is Celta Vigo at home, having bounced back after their nightmare week with a 4-1 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday.

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