Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of Santiago Solari as their permanent head coach signing a two-and-a-half-year contract at Santiago Bernabeu.

The Argentinean, who was the Real Madrid Castilla boss, was now confirmed as the first-team coach on a permanent basis after his successful spell in caretaker charge.

Solari’s first four games ended with four wins as the 42-year-old beat Melilla 4-0; Valladolid 2-0; Plzen 5-0 and latest victory was 4-2 against Celta Vigo in away clash.

The former midfielder has been at Santiago Bernabeu as a player between 2000 and 2005 helping the La Liga giants to win seven trophies including two La Liga titles and UEFA Champions League.

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

After being appointed, Solari said: “I’m going to go into things positively and do everything I can. It’s a great opportunity.”

“In life in general and in this profession, we are all just here passing through. Everything goes very quickly, the important thing is the day today.”

Solari was backed by a number of Real Madrid players after being appointed as caretaker.

“He is a great coach and of course we want him to stay in charge,” right-back Alvaro Odriozola said at the weekend after Los Blancos victory over Celta Vigo.

Lucas Vazquez, who played most under Solari in Real Madrid B, said: “It would be hard for him to have done any better.”

“We have got back the good feeling we had in the squad before. We are back winning football matches and in my opinion, he should stay in charge.”

The current first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in La Liga and in the Champions League said: “We have got our confidence back.”

Solari becomes the 13th coach in the era of president Florentino Perez, who first came to power in 2000 before leaving in 2006; and he came back in 2009.

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