Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager

Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager

Zidane has won the Champions League four times at Real Madrid - three times as manager and once as a player.

"That's why I chose to take this decision".

Speaking about his decision to quit Real, Zidane said, "I spoke to him [Perez] to explain a little what I was thinking at the moment".

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Hinting at differences in summer planning Zidane said: 'If I don't think clearly that we are going to keep winning then it is best to leave rather than continue with silly things'. His tenure at Real Madrid, the first managerial stint of his post-playing career, ends after two-and-a-half years and three Champions League titles.

Zidane had just won his third straight UEFA Champions League title on Saturday, becoming the first manager to win the European Cup three times in a row. At the moment, there's a need for change - also for the players. I thank you all for your support and there are hard times when there are whistles but that is part of this club.

He was flanked at the press conference by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez who said Zidane´s announcement was "totally unexpected".

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"He's an example for everyone, I hope that this doesn't serve as a farewell, I want him to return someday". I am not exhausted of coaching after three years.

The former World Player of the Year also won the Champions League in 2002 as a player with Los Blancos, scoring an emphatic volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the final at Hampden Park. "Today is a sad day for me, for the fans and for all the people who work at the club". I think it's the right time.

Attention will immediately turn to Zidane's successor, with two of the previous leading candidates in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Germany national team coach Joachim Low both having recently signed new extensions to their current deals.

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In 2016/17, his team had become the first club in the Champions League era to retain the trophy, while his first Champions League win in 2015/16 came less than five months after taking the reins from Rafa Benitez in January of that season.

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