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Ex-Madrid coach Solari unveiled as new US boss

The Argentine has held his first post since leaving the Bernabeu in 2019 to make way for Zidane’s return

Ex-real Madrid Coach Santiago Solari will return to the Club America bench, the Mexican giants confirmed on Tuesday.

America had been without a trainer since before Christmas, when they released Miguel Herrera after the club left the CONCACAF Champions League at the hands of Los Angeles FC.

And they have now turned to Solari, who spent more than a decade at the Bernabeu as a player and coach at youth and senior level before finally severing ties with the Merengue in March 2019.

“Club America can reveal that they have reached an agreement with coach Santiago Solari to take the reins of the first team ahead of the 2021 Guardians tournament,” the Liga MX team said in a statement.

US President Santiago Banos added: “We recognize that Solari has the perfect profile for our sporting project.

“Throughout his career as a player and coach, he has managed to meet the demands and goals of teams like America, whose only goal is the title.”

The Argentine, who represented Madrid as a player between 2005 and 2010 during a professional career that also included stints with Inter, Atletico and River Plate, started working with the youth divisions of the Spanish giants at Cadete B level in 2013.

He worked his way up through the Blancos’ ranks until he took over from Castilla’s starting squad in 2016, spending two seasons in the Segunda B third division.

And when Zinedine Zidane’s replacement on the bench, Julen Lopetegui, was sacked just weeks after the start of the 2018-19 season, Solari was seen as the logical choice to step up and accompany Madrid until the end of the countryside.

Unlike the Frenchman, who followed the same trajectory, Solari failed to find success at the Bernabeu.

In March 2019, after less than five months in his post, the Argentine was relieved of his duties following Madrid’s exit in the Champions League quarter-finals in the hands of Ajax.

He is now resuming his coaching career in Mexico City, where he is no stranger after playing for American neighbors Atlante towards the end of his time on the pitch.

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