Real Madrid 2015: Zinedine Zidane to Replace Rafa Benitez?

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Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez’s troubles seems never ending and with Real Madrid’s current dismal show at La Liga, Benitez’s tenure at the club might soon come to an end.

Zinedine Zidane is the top favourite to take over the reins from Benitez.

The Spanish giants’ patience with Benitez is wearing down especially after Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat by Villarreal in La Liga at the Estadio El Madrigal on Sunday evening and Zidane is seen as the perfect replacement for Benitez.

Zidane currently heads the Spanish giants’ Castilla side.

Sunday’s defeat has mounted pressure on Real boss Benitez and his under-performing squad.

According to a Mail Online report, Madrid-based papers Marca and AS are leading with the story of Zidane taking over from Benitez on their front pages of Wednesday’s editions.

Marca’s headline says “Prepared” as they report that Zidane is “ready to take on the great Real challenge” and isn’t afraid to take over from Benitez even if it is midway through the season.

The publication also adds that though Zidane is willing to take over from Benitez at the earliest, Benitez however is not yet ready to back down and is preparing his squad to recover from their defeat and regain their fighting spirit.

Benitez however has blamed his side’s poor first performance for their Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Villarreal. The loss has reduced Real Madrid to third position in La Liga standings, five points behind eternal rivals Barcelona after 15 matches.

Mail Online reports that according to Marca, even club president Florentino Perez is disappointed at Benitez and has signalled him that their results are “far below expectations”.

Not only in Madrid, but in France too, the story has caught fire. France’s L’Equipe has featured the story on the front cover of their Wednesday’s edition with the headline “Real vote for Zidane” claiming that Benitez “has lost the confidence of his Madrid leaders, who will dismiss him when his next mishap occurs.”

The only way Benitez can silence his critics and dismiss the rumours is by winning against rivals Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.

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