President Florentino Perez announced today the firing of the Spaniard Rafael Beitez less than 6 months before his nomination as head coach and his replacement by a football and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane is not someone who needs an introduction. He was the best of his time and an all-time great. President Perez introduced him:

“Throughout his whole life, Zidane has shown an ability to meet football’s greatest challenges, and has always tackled them with dedication and talent. Zinedine Zidane, this is your stadium and this is your club. You have our complete confidence and our support in the task of bringing excitement and entertainment to the supporters in each and every game, and the fans will be right by your side. As of now, you are the coach of Real Madrid and, for me as president, it’s a source of pride to have you by my side because I also know that for you the word ‘impossible’ does not exist”.

Zidane commented on his new assignment: “I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club”
“Firstly, I’d like to express my gratitude to the club and to you, presi, for giving me the opportunity to coach this team. We’re the best club in the world, with the best fans in the world. What we have to do, and what I’m going to try to do, is make every possible effort to see this team win something this season. I’m going to work as hard as I can and to the best of my ability with all the players, and I believe that everything will turn out well. The most important thing is to get down to work with the team tomorrow”.

“Many thanks to everyone. It’s an important day for me, as I’m sure is the case for everyone, and I’m excited, even more so than when I signed as a player; but that’s to be expected. All I can say is that I’m going to put my heart and soul into this club to try to ensure everything turns out well”.

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