I'm coming back to the best club in the world and I'm happy to come back.
They admire each other, with Real Madrid their shared passion, and it is that passion that sees the three-time Champions League-winning coach once again grace the dugout in Spain's capital after just eights months away. It is five points behind second-place Atletico Madrid.
It's a stunning turnaround for the Spanish club who have struggled since the departure of Zidane.
The squad hasn't changed all that much and it's foreseeable that Zidane can reinvigorate Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who have looked shadows of themselves this season.
Zidane was popular with nearly all of them, save Gareth Bale, whose future at Real Madrid now appears in serious doubt. Part of the reason Zidane left in June was that he could only make minor tweaks to the squad rather than drastic changes.
The Spanish Football Federation fires Lopetegui from his role, being unhappy they had not known about Real's approach for him until the deal had been completed and was set to be made public.
It's reportedly their old man.
Real Madrid have a dismal start to the season.
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He replaces Santiago Solari, who was in charge of the Spanish giant for just four-plus months.
There is currently no news on where and what the Portuguese will do now and if next season we will see him with a new club.
Solari enjoyed a 4-1 win at Real Valladolid yesterday in what appears to have been his final stand as Madrid coach.
Results have begun to dip for Solari after an initial resurgence, and there is talk of disharmony in the dressing room, particularly around Welsh striker Gareth Bale.
While a repeat of their Champions League successes is impossible given their recent exit from the competition at the hands of Ajax (the same goes for the Copa del Rey and, realistically, La Liga) a steadying of the ship is required at the Bernabeu and, per the fans anyway, they have the ideal commander steering it.
With all hope of further trophy success in the 2018/19 season effectively gone, Real Madrid choose to act.
His first game back in charge will be on Saturday against Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.