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Real Madrid coach Zidane calls surprise press conference

Domingo Copeland | 31 May, 2018, 20:47

He resigns having had more European Cup wins than full seasons as a manager, and without a single European knockout defeat.

Zidane revealed his decision in a hastily-arranged press conference in the Spanish capital on Thursday.

Zidane, who had an illustrious playing career with the Los Blancos, first took charge of Castilla, Real Madrid's academy side before being appointed as the first team manager following Rafael Benitez's sacking in 2016. I know it's a odd moment for everyone involved, but I think it's the right decision. "This is the moment to make a change, also for the players, after three years it is the right decision", he said. The players need a change, I want to thank them too, as in the end they are the ones who fight on the pitch. I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay.

Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as Real Madrid head coach five days after celebrating three consecutive Champions League titles with victory over Liverpool in Kiev. After winning three Champions Leagues in a row, his salary level may be a lot higher now.

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"That's why I've taken that decision".

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Zidane played for the Spanish club between 2001 and 2006 and maintained close links with Real in retirement. "If I do not see clearly that we are going to continue winning, a moment comes when you say better to step aside".

Thursday afternoon saw Real Madrid rocked by the announcement that Zinedine Zidane had resigned as the club's coach, yet it appears as though this decision has come as a complete surprise to what the Frenchman had previously suggested. I'm not looking for another team.

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