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Zidane departs Real Madrid

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  • Zinedine Zidane announces he is leaving Real Madrid
  • Departure comes days after winning third consecutive Champions League
  • “I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed.”

Zinedine Zidane has announced he is resigning from his role as Real Madrid coach, five days after winning his third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy in charge of Los Blancos.

The Frenchman, who also won two FIFA Club World Cup titles and the Spanish La Liga in his two-and-a-half year reign at the Santiago Bernabeu, revealed the surprise news in a press conference at Real Madrid's training ground, sat alongside club president Florentino Perez.

"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," the reigning The Best FIFA Men's Coach said. "This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working. I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed.”

"Real Madrid has given everything to me. I will be forever close to this club, to my club. I made this decision because I love this club, I love (Florentino Perez) and I am grateful towards him."



Perez admitted that Zidane's decision had taken him by surprise and, as a result, was not able to comment on a possible successor.

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