Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane steps down after winning Champions League

Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez announce the manager's departure at Thursday's press conference Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez announce the manager's departure at Thursday's press conference
Betsy Taylor | 31 May, 2018, 20:30

Earlier in the afternoon, a Real Madrid statement read, " Today, Thursday, May 31 at 1 pm, Zinedine Zidane will appear in front of the media in the press room of Ciudad Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are on the hunt for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane left the Spanish giants after a hugely successful two-and-a-half-years at the helm.

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

Zidane said he felt like it was the right time for him and the club to make a change.

"I think this team needs to keep winning but I think after three years a change is needed, something different, a different message, different ways of going about things". Besides the three Champions League titles, Zidane had also won the La Liga title in 2017 nad the FIFA Club World Cup twice. How can I ask more from the players?

After ending his playing career by headbutting an opponent in the 2006 World Cup final, Zidane is closing out his stint with Real Madrid with the fresh image of him lifting the Champions League trophy.


"I had the respect of all the players, which has been fundamental in achieving such success". "I do not forget the hard times, as well as the good times, and that makes you reflect".

The former Arsenal manager has said he loved Real Madrid as a child and has been installed as the favourite to replace Zidane.

Florentino Perez, president of the club, said: "As you can imagine, after winning this latest European Cup, this has come as a completely unexpected decision". "In the coming days I will give a response to the fans because they actually have always been at my side". "I would love for him to be by my side forever".

Zidane was under contract until 2020 but called time on his spell in charge after a third place finish in La Liga, behind Barcelona and City rivals Atletico Madrid.

"Of course, I could return, I'll always be near to this club as it's close to my heart". After doing three years, it's the right decision. I think it would be hard to keep winning if I stayed. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and LaLiga double in 59 years.

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