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Zinedine Zidane has announced that he will resign as the manager of Real Madrid after 2.5 years with the club. He has won 9 major trophies during his tenure with the club, which includes 3 Champions League, 2 Super Cups, 2 Club World Cups and 1 La Liga title.
The Frenchman was appointed in January 2016 and guided Real to their 13th European success last weekend as they beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev. It is his third Champions League title in as many years after replacing Rafa Benitez back in 2016.
“I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season,” said former Ballon d’Or winner as quoted by Goal, who was joined by club president Florentino Perez.
“I spoke to Florentino yesterday [Wednesday] to tell him my thoughts, my feelings. I know it’s a strange moment for everyone involved, but I think it’s the right decision.
“I think this team needs to keep winning but I think after three years a change is needed, something different, a different message, different ways of going about things.
“That’s why I decided to take this decision. It’s a club I love and I love the president too, he brought me to this huge club and I will always be grateful, but I think a change is needed so I will not be here next season.”
It is believed that La Liga giant’s third placed finished in the League might be a factor but Zidane insisted that he was not forced to leave and it was his personal decision.
“It’s my decision,” he said. “For many people, this will not make sense, but it does for me. It’s time for a change.
“There have been tough times, in the Copa del Rey notably, and I don’t forget those. This club is in my heart. It ended well for me when I was a player and it’s ended well for me as a manager.”