Real call press conference as Benitez pressure intensifies

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2015 12:31

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Real Madrid have called a press conference for Monday evening with reports claiming Rafael Benitez will receive a vote of confidence.

The Spanish giants were dismantled 4-0 by Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday, when the Real fans made their feelings clear with the performances of the side under the former Liverpool and Valencia manager.

President Florentino Perez has called a media conference for 6:30pm GMT to be held following a board meeting.

Reports prior to the Clasico had suggested that Benitez could be axed if Real were beaten at home by Barca, who went on to comfortably outclass their hosts.

But Spanish football journalists Guillem Balague and Graham Hunter both claim that Perez will offer Benitez a public vote of confidence.

Zinedine Zidane has been linked with the head coach’s role, but the Real legend said that he is happy as coach of the club’s B team.

“I am the manager of Castilla, Benitez is the manager of the first team, and things are fine like that,” Zidane said. “I am with Castilla and if I stay at the club it is the coach Castilla.

“I have a long way to go, and, anyway, a manager is never really fully formed. Last year, at the end of the season, I had the feeling that I still lacked something to take over the first team.

“What I am doing, as I did when I was a player, I am doing bit by bit. I am not in a hurry for anything.”

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