Zidane has returned to the Santiago Bernabeu – 10 months after leaving following his third Champions League success in only three years
The Frenchman will earn a fixed annual salary of €12 million at Real Madrid
The 46-year-old manager walked out on his €7.6 million annual salary 10 months ago after his evident success in the Champions League – the same league Los Blancos failed to qualify to the quarter-finals after a tragic defeat to Ajax under Solari.
Zidane replaced the Argentinian after his four-and-a-half month stint in charge.
A combination of back-to-back defeats to Barcelona to knock them out of the Copa del Rey and leave them well off the pace in La Liga sealed Solari’s fate.
Zidane departed after the success over Liverpool in Kiev last May, believing it was the end of his journey with the current side; differences in opinion with Perez over the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo, Keylor Navas and Gareth Bale all played their part.
And Zidane was initially reticent to return so soon, leading to Perez to make a move for Jose Mourinho – a move vetoed by senior stars, notably skipper Sergio Ramos.
Perez was forced to send Zidane an SOS call in an attempt to reignite the infamous Real Madrid. As a result, the Frenchman was handed a significant pay raise, along with a number of huge add-ons according to El Confidencial, which depend on Madrid’s performance in La Liga and the Champions League.
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Without those, Zidane’s new deal is exactly half of his cross-city rival Diego Simeone’s massive €24million annual salary at Atletico Madrid.
Pep Guardiola earns slightly less than the Argentine, at €23million per year, while Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs boss who has been a long-time Madrid target, currently earns €10 million.
Top of the table leaders, FC Barcelona’s manager, Ernesto Valverde is a hefty €24million a year while Juventus boss Max Allegri has to ‘settle for’ €13.6million annually.