Zidane makes shock Real Madrid exit

Although Real lost only two of their first 15 league matches in the recently concluded Spanish championship, Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona were able to run away with the league following their vital 3-0 El Clasico win at the Bernabeu in December.

Thursday afternoon saw Real Madrid rocked by the announcement that Zinedine Zidane had resigned as the club's coach, yet it appears as though this decision has come as a complete surprise to what the Frenchman had previously suggested. I do not want to start a season and have a bad time, I want to end with Real Madrid when everything is going well.

"I suppose the President knew [Zidane was leaving] before today, so he has for sure been getting in touch with possible coaches and getting their opinion of coming to Real Madrid. But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave".

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"There are hard moments which make you wonder if you are the right person", he said.

"I love this club", he added.

"When we built the (Emirates) stadium, the banks asked me to commit for five years". They have always respected what I've done, even when I wasn't playing well.

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"I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything - to play first at this great club".

"This is my decision", he continued, having admitted he had previously planned to sign a new contract. I want to thank him for his commitment and passion to Real Madrid. "I had to do this for everyone", he said. But he knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager. I'm not looking for another team.

He won 104 of his 149 games in charge and won one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World titles to go with his three Champions League crowns.

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