BREAKING NEWS: Real Madrid appoint Solari on permanent basis

Real Madrid named Santiago Solari as their new permanent coach with a contract that will last until June 30, 2021.

The 42-year-old enjoyed an ideal audition for the role, guiding Los Blancos to four consecutive victories in all competitions after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui last month.

The last of these, Sunday's 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo, made the Argentine become the first coach of Madrid to triumph in his first four competitive games since Manuel Pellegrini in 2009.

Solari won two league titles and the 2001-02 Champions League for five years at the club as a player and was in charge of the reserve side before taking control of the first team on October 29.

He takes control permanently with Madrid sixth in LaLiga, four points behind the leader Barcelona.

Lopetegui endured a torrent spell in charge of the Spanish giants, paying with his work after a humiliation of 5-1 at the hands of his rivals Barça.

Obstacles started the season well, but things started to fall apart with their 3-0 defeat at Sevilla on September 26, and that result was followed by a draw with Atlético de Madrid and more defeats against CSKA of Moscow, Deportivo Alaves and Levante.

The defeat against Barça was the last straw for the Santiago Bernabeu board, which has now turned to Solari permanently to continue with the transformation of its fortunes.

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