Madrid move on from Pochettino hunt by appointing permanent manager

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Dom Le Roy

Real Madrid have appointed Santiago Solari as their permanent manager on a deal until June 2021.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino had once again been heavily linked with taking over the managerial reigns at the Santiago Bernabéu following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui last month.

It wasn’t the first time that Pochettino was rumoured to be on the radar of the Madrid, after Zinedine Zidane decided to resign after guiding them to their third successive Champions League title, the rumours started to commence.

Pochettino signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham during the summer and has publically pledged his future to the club when the second phase of speculation began.

Madrid were reportedly ready to hand the Argentina a stunning deal worth over £15m a season to tempt him away from Spurs (Express).

He played down links with the vacant job, by comparing it to the glance of an admiring woman.

He told the Telegraph last month: “It is like you are with your girlfriend or wife and you are holding hands, walking down Oxford Street,” he said. “But because you are so handsome, another woman is looking at you. But your wife is so proud and, rather than worrying, she is so happy to be with you and falls more in love with you.”

Solari made nearly 150 appearances for Real as a player at the start of the milennium and returned to the club in 2013 as youth coach.

A statement on the official Real Madrid website read: “The board of directors of Real Madrid C.F., which met today, 13 November 2018, has agreed to appoint Santiago Solari as first-team coach until 30 June 2021.”

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