Zinedine Zidane QUITS Real Madrid: Shock announcement made in stunning press conference

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Zinedine Zidane QUITS Real Madrid: Shock announcement made in stunning press conference

Zidane is leaving the European champions after two-and-half years in charge, he told a news conference today.

“I’ve taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach,” said Zidane

"This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself.

 

“This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working."

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

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

He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and La Liga double in 59 years.

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

Zidane did stabilise results and duly blazed a trail to Kiev in the continental competition, but reports of dissatisfaction with his approach to domestic matters - namely the handling of star forward Gareth Bale, who has publicly expressed his own unhappiness with a reduced role - meant for regular reports of a potential summer exit.

Source: express

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