Real Madrid names Solari as manager till 2021

Real Madrid is sticking with Santiago Solari, giving him a permanent contract until June 2021.

Solari was appointed interim coach two weeks ago after Julen Lopetegui got fired and coming off the back of four straight victories (and putting Madrid back on track), he’s been rewarded with a long-term deal.

The 42-year-old Solari is a former Argentina international who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s. He had previously coached Madrid’s “B″ team.

Although there had been speculations about former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez as possible replacements, Solari gained the confidence of the club, fans and players alike with his impressive start in charge of the main squad.

Madrid has outscored its opponents 15-2 in the four matches under Solari. In had lost five of its last seven with Lopetegui, being outscored 13-4.

The club had registered Solari as its permanent coach on Monday because local regulations prohibit teams from having an interim coach for more than two weeks.