Sources close to Real Madrid have reported that Rafael Benitez is on the verge of being sacked after just seven months into a three-year contract at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid were reportedly due to hold an emergency board meeting this evening and if Benítez is sacked, his final game will be referred to as Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Gary Neville’s Valencia at the Mestalla, in which his side were reduced to 10 men and twice pegged back, leaving them in third place, four points behind the leaders Atlético.
Benítez has struggled to find favour among the supporters at Real, not helped by the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in November’s Clásico or a failure to introduce the kind of style demanded at the Bernabéu. Rumours of unrest in his squad have been frequent and last week he accused the media of a campaign against himself, the club and the president, Florentino Peréz.
After Sunday’s draw with Valencia, he responded to speculation over his future by saying: “I cannot prevent speculation about whether I continue, but I can make the team work as it has today. We were capable of getting the three points.
Zinedine Zidane the world’s most expensive player when he arrived at the Bernabéu in 2001, spending five years at the club and winning La Liga and the Champions League has been touted to be Benitez’s replacement.