Real Madrid interim manager Santiago Solari set for extended run in charge at least until Christmas

Solari replaced the hapless Julen Lopetegui last month who was sacked after their embarrassing defeat at Barcelona.

The Spanish Football Federation's rules state that Real Madrid had two weeks to permanently hire a new coach, or face disciplinary proceedings.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez planned to have the 42-year-old in place for a fortnight while thrashing out a deal for either Antonio Conte or Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

But the plan has failed, leaving reserve team boss Solari still in the Bernabeu dugout, with no sign of a new appointment.

Solari,42, has done everything asked of him, winning all three games in charge, scoring 11 goals and keeping three clean sheets.

The last game of the 14-day window is Sunday’s trip to Celta Vigo and according to Marca, Solari is expected to continue his first-team duties at least until Christmas.

The mood among the squad has lifted post-Lopetegui and defender Nacho is keen for the Argentine to continue for as long as possible.

He said: “We’re working as if Solari were to stay with us for the entire season.”

Striker Karim Benzema added: “Why would he not continue until the end of the season?”

Next month, Solari has the chance to stake a claim for the job long-term when they defend the Club World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates.

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