Tuesday 27 September 2016

Rafa Benitez on the brink as Real Madrid call extraordinary meeting - reports

Samuel Stevens

Published 04/01/2016 | 14:58

Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez
Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has reportedly called for an extraordinary meeting to once again discuss future of manager Rafael Benítez.

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It is unlikely the Spanish giants would sack the former Liverpool and Napoli boss without a suitable replacement in waiting – with rumours that José Mourinho could return to the Santiago Bernabéu persisting despite several denials from both camps.

The publication has spent the afternoon discussing the merits of appointing ex-midfielder Zinedine Zidane, currently coaching Real’s Castilla squad.

Reports linking Mourinho with the post continue to receive little traction in the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo is believed to have given Real Madrid an ultimatum over Rafa Benitez's future in the past

The Portuguese, who was dismissed by Chelsea last month, is a decidedly unpopular figure among the press in Spain after spending a disharmonious three years there between 2010-13.

This is not the first occasion that Benítez's future has been called into doubt. Perez was forced to call a press conference on 23 November 2015 after the 4-0 defeat by Barcelona led to the Spaniard suffering abuse from Madrid supporters.

Currently four points adrift of La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid, in third place, the Spanish giants defeated Real Vallecano 10-2 just a fortnight ago.

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