While Benitez has struggled to win over the Bernabeu faithful since replacing Carlo Ancelotti as boss in the summer, Valencia’s supporters clearly still hold plenty of affection for him.
Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid’s second team, Castilla, is ready to assume the hot seat.
The World Cup winning midfielder has long been earmarked for the top job at the Bernabeu and will be pressed into action should Perez make the big call and sack Rafa.
Key players in the Madrid dressing room have begun to turn against Benitez, and it could be the decisive factor in convincing the club’s board to do away with the Champions League-winning coach.
Zinedine Zidane: Set to take charge
Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid - seven months after he took charge. The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu since taking over in June, and while he only finds his side just four points off Barcelona at the top of La Liga he has had fallouts with key players and been criticised for a defensive style of football. Benitez was also denied the chance for another piece of silverware, the Copa del Rey, after an administrative gaffe saw them expelled for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz. It leaves the Champions League as their most likely chance of glory this season, but club president Florentino Perez has opted for a change ahead of their round-of-16 tie with Roma next month.