MADRID (AFP) – Interim Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari was nominated on Monday November 12 after watching an impressive start in European champions' fortunes since he came in to replace Jul Lopetegui.
"Everything is as it should. Real Madrid have prepared their contract and there are no problems," said the Spanish Football Association.
Solari has led Real to four victories out of four since installed on custodians after Lopetegu's sudden settlement last month. And with 15 goals scored and only two admitted, he has established the best ever to start for a Real Manager.
After thrashing Melilla in Copa del Rey they won 5-0 to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.
The rise has left Madrid only four points of league leaders Barcelona and on the verge of qualifications for the last 16 in Europe.
Solari, who spent five years playing Real, was promoted from his role as responsible for Castilla, the club's B team after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included only one victory in seven games.
The last of them, a 5-1 in Barcelona in their hands, showed the last strain for club president Florentino Perez but the team has recovered under his new coach.
"He has done excellent," said Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno on Sunday evening. "We are very pleased with how things have gone."
Few may argue with the results, which have now earned Solari the opportunity to prove themselves over a long period of time. He pointed out in his press conference that he was open to holding the full-time job.
"It's a good opportunity and it's a good club," said Solari. "I'm not just saying it now as a first team coach. I've been here with other teams, I've been playing and sweating in this club's shirt.
"Madrid is bigger than all of us, but it's all about us with its greatness. I want to be a part of it."
The challenge for Solari will be to manage the changing room when the results get difficult. After the international break, Madrid's generous game races continue with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom currently live in the La Liga top half.
They will also play Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow at home in the Champions League, two games that are likely to solve who goes through the top of Group G.
Solari only got two weeks as an interim coach according to Spanish rules, meaning that Sunday's trip to Celta Vigo was always likely before a decision about his future. It proved to be an impressive final audition when Madrid beat a 4-2 win, with Solari having to adapt to a handful of injury problems during the match.