Real reward interim boss Solari with permanent contract

Solari Real Madrid fans urge La Liga club to keep coach

Solari, who had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side, stepped up when Julen Lopetegui was sacked after the 5-1 Clasico defeat at Barcelona in October.

Solari's future is set to be determined on Monday as Spanish league rules dictate caretaker managers can not be in charge of a club for more than 14 days.

With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club's history.

The Frenchman was then instrumental in doubling the lead early in the second half, firing a shot which squirmed under goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez and over the line off Celta defender Gustavo Cabral.

Madrid managed to ride it out and killed the game off as a contest with a late "Panenka" penalty from captain Sergio Ramos and a thunderous strike from Dani Ceballos in stoppage time, although Brais Mendez struck a late consolation goal for Celta.

Madrid are now sixth in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona, who lost 4-3 to Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Casemiro went off in the first 20 minutes and Gareth Bale and Alvaro Odriozla were also limping at the end after being clattered.

"It's a great opportunity and it's a great club", Solari said. "Casemiro had to come off. Gareth made a huge effort to last the whole game, with his ankle very swollen, after Celta played very aggressively, on the line of the rules".

"Their challenges were at the limit of what's allowed and we suffered because of that".

After the global break, Madrids generous run of games continues with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom now reside in La Ligas top half.

"The truth is that we are very happy with him", Madrid's director of institutional relations told Movistar+.

"It was a very complicated game and we also had setbacks with injuries, [but] we had personality and character".

"We have very good players and the team is getting better and better, we took advantage of our chances and we are very happy, we must continue in this way", he said.

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