It was long awaited that Santiago Solari would only lead Real Madrid in the off-season.
But on Tuesday, Real Madrid confirms on its websites that the Spaniard has been given the job permanently until June 2021.
– The Board of Directors of Real Madrid C.F. met on November 13, 2018, and has agreed to hire Santiago Solari as the first team coach until 30 June 2021, according to a press release from the club.
Solari jumped in after Christmas Lopetegui was kicked recently. Under Solari Real has won all four matches.
Solari was promoted from his role as coach of the Reals B team (Castilla).
Argentine, who played for the club between 2000 and 2005, led Real Madrid for the first time in the cup victory from Melilla.
Antonio Conte was mentioned for a long time as a possible new coach at Bernabeu, but earlier this week it became apparent that Italy would not take over the club.
– Real Madrid? As I see it, it is better to wait until the end of the season before I start training again. I'll wait until June before I start a new project. In the next few months, I can change, but I've always thought about it that way, said Conte Sky Sports.
The fact that Solari becomes permanent manager of Real Madrid is good news for Martin Ødegaard. In an interview with TV 2 Sport earlier Tuesday, he promises Santiago Solari.
He has been a long time. He has a lot of experience and knows how things work. Like Zidane, he knows what it's like to be a Madrid player. I think it helps when you're going to be a coach there, "said Ødegaard to TV 2, saying:
– I have good relationships with him. He is a very nice guy and he is good at the field. He has good people around him. It's very exciting what's going on there, says Ødegaard.