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Rivaldo gives Real Madrid a stern warning about hiring Santiago Solari

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Julen Lopetegui's sacking at Real Madrid seemed inevitable for weeks and was confirmed on Monday following a 5-1 loss to Barcelona.

The Spaniard was brought in after Zinedine Zidane's surprise summer exit, causing a huge ruckus with the Spanish FA in the process.

Lopetegui was sacked by La Roja on the eve of the World Cup after his move to Real Madrid was made public.

To say it's been a tough few months for Lopetegui would be the understatement of the year.

Los Blancos have acted fast and promoted their B team coach Santiago Solari to take over for the time being.

Whether it will be a long-term solution is another thing, with Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez both being linked with the job.

And Barcelona legend Rivaldo has given his thoughts on Solari's credentials as Real Madrid boss.

He hopes - as a Barca fan - that the Argentine doesn't have the same impact as Zidane, but believes he isn't fit to be Real's boss just yet.

"He [Solari] will stay for one or two matches, then Madrid will reach agreement with a new coach," Rivaldo said.

Solari in Real Madrid training

"For now Solari is a good option who knows the club and the players, but I don't think he will stay for long because he isn't ready yet.

"I hope he doesn't repeat the success that Zidane had in a similar period of transition.

"With all due respect for Solari's work, he doesn't appear to have the requirements, for now, to become Real Madrid's official coach."

Rivaldo also had his say on the potential hiring of Conte.

Conte during his Chelsea days

"He is an experienced coach and a good option for Madrid," he added.

"Bringing in a coach with discipline could be useful, since maybe the players have been a little relaxed after success in recent years."

Solari's first La Liga test is against Real Valladolid on Saturday and the eyes of the world will be watching.

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Roberto Martinez
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Antonio Conte
Zinedine Zidane
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