Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager

Official: Zinedine Zidane Announces Shock Real Madrid Departure

But he said that no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.

"After winning a European Cup it is an unexpected decision", club president Florentino Perez commented.

"I know it is a unusual moment for everyone involved", said Zidane. "After three years I need another discourse, another method of working", he told a hastily convened press conference.

Defender Achraf Hakimi wrote, "Eternally grateful for your trust, manager and for being that person who allowed me to complete my dream of playing for Real Madrid's first team". I think at times the players need it, when you have a hard time you have to front up occasionally.

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.

"This is a unusual moment but a very important moment", Zidane said. "I would have liked to convince him [to stay] but I know how he is".




Karembeu, who started alongside Zidane in the 1998 World Cup final, knows full well the pressure of Real Madrid. I have learned a lot as a player and a person under you. He had been an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when Madrid won the Champions League in 2014. "I will be here close to this club all my life".

The bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow from Zidane brought a controversial close to the midfielder┬┤s global career.

He is respected by players and fans but it seems like a massive jump from the under-19 side to a treble-winning Champions League squad.

The Frenchman specialises in dramatic departures - in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin, his final appearance as a player, was cut short when he was sent off for headbutting the Italian defender Marco Materazzi.

Real Madrid's win was the third consecutive Champions League victory for head coach Zinedine Zidane, on top of one La Liga success since taking over in January 2016.

" I'm not going to coach another team right now".

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