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Real Madrid name club legend as the new Director of Football

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The name of Santiago Solari brings many memories back into the minds of the Real Madrid faithful. After all, the Argentine has spent many a year at the club in various roles.

Solari played for the Merengues between 2000 and 2005, winning two La Liga titles and a UEFA Champions League amongst other accolades.

He returned to the club as the academy manager between 2013 to 2018 before seeing the elusive chance to take over as the first-team manager for four months.

A third undercover stint

Most recently, Solari returned to Real Madrid in an administrative role. He has worked silently on the sidelines, observing matches, training, the academy, and conveying his opinion to the coaching staff.

Further, he was tasked with collecting reports of players and coaches as and when needed by the club, albeit all without having a defined position in the club hierarchy.

This season, he has also travelled extensively with the youth team to generate reports and submit them to the higher authorities.

Rewarded with a big post

As revealed by The Athletic in a recent report, Solari has taken over as Real Madrid’s new Director of Football. He is thus now one of the board’s most influential members, replacing Manuel Fernandez in the position.

The change in the team’s organisational chart comes across as sudden and unexpected, although not entirely without reason.

After all, Solari has generated good relations in his recent stint at the club and has only been fairly rewarded with a recognisable position.

The Argentine will thus have a bigger say now in the club’s sporting decisions, transfer operations and squad management.

With the new position, he will become the club’s chief mediator for not only renewals and promotions but also the management of the academy and allied institutions.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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