Zidane announces resignation from Real Madrid

Zidane announces resignation from Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is leaving the European champions after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League title, he told a news conference on Thursday.

"I would like to continue as coach of Real Madrid", he explained in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Las Palmas. It was not an easy decision. "Maybe it's a mistake". I do not want to start a season and have a bad time, I want to end with Real Madrid when everything is going well. If I don't think that we can keep winning then it's time. How can I ask more from the players?

The French coach chose to throw in the towel after winning an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League trophy last weekend. "I don't want this to be a goodbye but a 'see you soon". "I spoke with (Sergio) Ramos who respected my decision and wished me luck". "I thank him for the work he has done".

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

Speculation immediately began swirling after he made the surprise decision to speak to the press this lunchtime.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was present alongside Zidane, who took charge in January 2016.

Zidane followed up his maiden Champions League crown as a coach with a La Liga title and in June 2017 his side delivered a more emphatic European Cup final triumph as his old club Juventus were humbled 4-1 in Cardiff. "But today, a change is needed".

"But he did it so well and I think he's nearly surprised himself, so he went "this is it, this is finished..." I'm not looking for another team.

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