Those who know him say he never left Real Madrid. True or not, Santiago Solari is one step closer to officially returning to the Madrid club that has been his home for many years. The Argentinian stepped down as Mexican Club América coach last March and is now close to finalizing his return to the Spanish capital.
Solari joined Real Madrid from Atlético in 2000 and was a first-team player for five seasons. Inter was his next target before returning to Argentina to play for San Lorenzo. Atlante and Peñarol were his last teams as a footballer.
He returned to the Madrid club as a coach in 2013, spending two seasons and several months with two Cadete teams, Juvenil B and Castilla, until on October 31, 2018, he took the helm of the first team, replacing Julen Lopetegui.
He gave absolute confidence to Vinícius
The season was not over and the club turned to Zinédine Zidane as a substitute. Solari was the first coach to give Vinícius absolute confidence and also began to leave players like Isco, Bale and Marcelo on the bench who never made it back to the top level again.
The Argentine remained tied to Real Madrid until he received a call from Club América in December 2020 to take the reins of the Mexican team he played with in the CONCACAF Champions League final against Monterrey. In March this year, he left his position.
Solari is considered by the directors of the Madrid club as a man of the club, a professional who perfectly represents the values of Real Madrid and has opened the door for him to return. Now it remains to determine the space and place it will occupy. Before leaving for Mexico, he played the role of the Royal Ambassador.