Real Madrid Confirm Benitez Sacking, Appoint Zidane

Rafael Benitez has been sacked by Real Madrid.

The club confirmed the sacking at a press conference on Monday night after intense speculation earlier in the day. 

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu since taking over in June, and while he only finds his side four points off Atletico at the top of La Liga he has had fallouts with key players and been criticised for a defensive style of football

Benitez was also denied the chance for another piece of silverware, the Copa del Rey, after  an administrative gaffe saw them expelled for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz.

Benitez's last match in charge was the 2-2 La Liga draw with Gary Neville's Valencia on Sunday.

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 The Spaniard will be replaced by former Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane said after the announcement: "This is an important day for me. I'm more excited now than I was on the day I signed as a player." 

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