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Betting Special: Zidane 11/2 to lead Real Madrid to Champions League glory next season

12:02 PM WAT 12/03/2019
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The Frenchman is back in the Bernabeu hotseat and William Hill have a host of specials available on the Blancos' performance and transfer activity

Zinedine Zidane is back in charge of Real Madrid just 10 months after resigning from the job and has signed a contract until 2022.

The 46-year-old Frenchman had a trophy-laden two-and-a-half years in charge at the Bernabeu, scooping a hat-trick of Champions League crowns, but called time on his spell in May 2018 following the third of those victories.

Since then, Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari have both failed miserably to live up to the high standards expected at the Bernabeu.

Having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League already plus little hope of catching Barcelona domestically, Wiliam Hill have turned their attention to Madrid's silverware prospects next season.

The bookmaker offer 6/4 (2.50) that the Blancos win La Liga in 2019-20. Barcelona are in a commanding position this term and look set to secure back-to-back top-flight titles, but Madrid will be their closest competition according to the odds compilers.

Those who believe Zidane's return will bring about another European title can get 11/2 (6.50) on the 13-time winners being crowned the best team on the continent in 15 months' time. It's 14/1 (15.0) about Madrid scooping a league and Champions League double next season with the same firm.

The more interesting betting markets will be regarding potential transfers in and out of the Spanish capital over the coming months. Zidane's return is likely to be prefaced with plenty of financial backing to refresh a squad that has badly missed its star man since Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus.

The Blancos are 8/1 (9.0) to bring in both Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen this summer. Hazard has long been rumoured to be one of Madrid's primary targets in a deal worth around £100m but with Chelsea facing a potential transfer ban, the Blues will be even more reluctant to let their star man leave.

The lure of a big-money move may prove too much for the 28-year-old to turn down though, especially with his current contract set to expire in June 2020.

Gareth Bale's future continues to appear uncertain despite recent comments from the Wales international's agent regarding any potential move. It's 4/6 (1.67) that Bale leaves Madrid during the summer transfer window with Karim Benzema (9/4), Marcelo (7/2) and Sergio Ramos (6/1) also priced up for possible departures this summer.

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