Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager

GETTYZinedine Zidane celebrates after the Champions League final

GETTYZinedine Zidane celebrates after the Champions League final

Zinedine Zidane shocked the footballing world on Thursday by sensationally announcing his decision to leave Real Madrid.

He leaves having guided the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles and one La Liga success.

President Florentino Perez will now begin the search for a successor capable of coping with the highest of expectations in club football.

Zidane said at a press conference he's stepping down because he believes now is the team for Real Madrid to hear from a different voice than his. It's a unusual moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. "After three years I need another discourse, another method of working", he told a hastily convened press conference. 'He gave me the opportunity to come as a player and now manager and I am eternally grateful.

"I have thought a lot about this decision and I can't go back on it".

The Champions League final on Saturday, May 26 in Kiev was an eventful night, featuring an accident-prone goalkeeper, epic goals, and a potentially dislocated shoulder.

"Zidane wanted to make his own choice, before someone else would have been chosen in his place", Capello said to Sky Italia. It's a 'hasta pronto' (see you soon) not a goodbye.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez also had this to say: "I would've liked to have convinced him to stay but I know what he's like.", Perez said.

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"Madrid has given everything to me and I will be close to this club for the rest of my life".

But he also added: "I'm not exhausted of coaching after just three years of coaching".

Zinedine Zidane has resigned from his managerial role at Real Madrid.

"I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club".

"I would love for him to be by my side forever".

"I'm not going to coach any other team next season".

Not even the great Barcelona team constructed by Pep Guardiola could successfully defend the European Cup, yet Zidane won it in three successive campaigns.

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