Fabio Capello has been appointed the new coach of Real Madrid.
The appointmeent was expected following Capello’s resignation from Juventus on Tuesday. The Spanish club’s new president, Ramon Calderon, confirmed Capello’s arrival on a three-year deal.
The 60-year-old will return to the club where he won the La Liga title in 1996-97 – his only season in charge.
“He is a winner, and this is very important at this club after three years without a title,” Calderon said.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Fabio Capello will be the next coach of Real Madrid. It is predicted that on Thursday at noon, at the Santiago Bernabeu, he will be presented before the media.”
Calderon, who on Sunday was elected Real president, also revealed his to sign Milan’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas and Arjen Robben from Chelsea.
He said: “The three currently have contracts at their respective clubs, and we need to get in touch with them.”
We are trying to bring the three of them, (sporting director) Pedja Mijatovic is in charge of it,” he said. “He said everything will be OK and we are getting in touch with the clubs.
“The three currently have contracts at their respective clubs and we need to get in touch with them.”
“Mijatovic has been at a match in Germany with (Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich and in theory Mijatovic told us we can reach an agreement,” he said. “We have been in touch with Robben and it seems everything will be OK and that the player wants to come here.”
Robben’s Dutch international teammate Ruud van Nistelrooy, is also interesting Madrid.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy is one of the options but it depends on Capello,” Calderon added. “We have to chat with him this evening when Capello is here. It is something we have to consider very carefully.”
The possibility of Fabregas arriving, will ultimately be determined by Arsenal.
“We have been talking to Fabregas previously and we now have to talk to Arsenal, they will have the last word,” he said. “I know Mijatovic has been in touch with his (Fabregas’) representative and he says he is interested in joining us.
“I have not been in touch with (Arsenal vice chairman) David Dein, he is a good friend, but we can reach an agreement, it is something we can do. I would not say easily but we have a chance of getting him.”
Calderon admitted that prising Kaka away from Milan could be more difficult.
“I know getting him will difficult as they don’t want to sell him,” he said. “But the situation may change if he decides he wants to leave.”