Zinedine Zidane Announces Shock Real Madrid Departure

Zidane revealed his decision in a hastily-arranged press conference in the Spanish capital on Thursday.

Zidane claimed an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management.

Zidane told the assembled media that "This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit odd, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself".

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology and that's why I took this decision". It is an unexpected decision - I loved him as a player, and coach, and wanted him always at my side.

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The Frenchman took over a divided dressing room after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.

" When he says he's taken a decision though, we have to accept it. I thank him for the work he has done". I want to thank him for his commitment and passion to Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid head coach after winning nine titles in two-and-a-half seasons in his first senior management role. How can I ask more from the players? I will be close to this club all my life, but the decision makes a lot of sense.

Zidane, 45, had been under pressure to win the European crown after finishing way off the pace behind La Liga winners Barcelona.

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