Zinedine Zidane tipped to take over from Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid “imminently”

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Former Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is reportedly being lined up to take over from Rafa Benitez as the club’s head coach “imminently”, according to French publication L’Equipe.

The report claims that the former Liverpool boss is just one bad result away from losing his job in the Spanish capital having failed to put pressure on Barcelona at the summit of the La Liga table this season.

Benitez has reportedly lost the confidence of the Madrid players, and there were rumours that he would have been moved of after the 4-0 Clasico defeat to Barcelona earlier this season, only for president Florentino Perez to give him a public vote of confidence.

Since then the club has been shrouded in controversy, with Karim Benzema’s ongoing involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena’s sex tape blackmail and the club being kicked out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz.

Results have improved since El Classico, with an 8-0 thumping of Malmo being the highlight, but last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Villarreal seemingly has Benitez hanging on by a thread.

With a clash with Reyo Vallecano coming up before the Christmas break, anything less than a win could see Zidane promoted from the club’s Castilla side to first team duties.

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