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Real Madrid sack Rafa Benitez

Real Madrid have sacked Rafa Benitez after holding a meeting over his future, according to multiple reports in Spain.

The two newspapers said Zinedine Zidane, currently in charge of the club’s Castilla reserve side, is due to take over.

The future of the former Liverpool boss, appointed at the Bernabeu in June last year, has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks and the 55-year-old once again had to face awkward questions about his job after Sunday night’s 2-2 draw at Valencia.

Having slipped behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, the patience of Real Mhttp://radioxyzonline.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpadrid president Florentino Perez has run out.

Former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli boss Benitez has endured a difficult return to the Bernabeu, where he began his playing career with the reserve teams and later held several coaching roles.

He was named Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement in June but there was speculation from the outset that several senior players did not welcome the appointment.

He came under more serious pressure with the 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in the Clasico on Nov. 21, while the club’s expulsion from the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player has done little to calm tensions.

With Real opting to get rid of Benitez, there will be no shortage of candidates to step in with Zidane and former Real boss Jose Mourinho possibilities.

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