Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has described under-fire boss Rafa Benitez as the “the solution” as speculation mounts that Zinedine Zidane could replace him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos lost 1-0 to Villarreal last week – their third defeat in their last five games – increasing the pressure on Benitez who only joined the club last summer.
However, Perez has offered his backing to the former Napoli and Liverpool manager, although admits he expects Zidane to take the reins at Madrid at some point.
"It's not true that the players don't get along with Benitez," Perez told El Larguero. "I have spoken with them.
"[Benitez] is not the problem, he's the solution. Zinedine will not replace him. He is the trainer of Madrid and we picked him because we think he's the ideal person for the job.
"We need to give Benitez time and let him do his job."
Zidane is currently cutting his coaching teeth by taking charge of Castilla, Madrid’s B team, and Perez believes his potential is obvious.
"He will be the trainer of Madrid in the future. You can see it. He has learned in heaps and bounds."