Zidane to leave Real Madrid

Zidane said there wasn't a specific reason that led him to his decision. Even the players need this change, I must thank them too'.

Madrid have been serial winners and they were even before Zidane took control. The managerial fuse at Barcelona and Real Madrid is a short one - and the top managers know it. Pep Guardiola called time on his Barca career in 2012 after four years in charge when his side were European champions.

"Real Madrid, I think I turned them down two or three times", Wenger said in an interview with beIN Sports published the day before Zidane's announcement.

Zidane, 45, on Saturday became the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League titles when he oversaw Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Liverpool.

The France legend has won nine trophies in just two-and-a-half seasons managing Real, having replaced Rafa Benitez midway through 2015/16, and now the Bernabeu club are on the lookout for a new head coach.

Zinedine Zidane today shocked the world by announcing he was stepping down as manager of Real Madrid and the favourite to take the position is former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman, a legendary Madrid player, also described some of the burden that rests on the players. I am grateful to the fans.

"You have to know when to quit", he said. "I have no doubt that he will return".

The bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow from Zidane brought a controversial close to the midfielder's global career.

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Where will Zinedine Zidane go next after leaving Real Madrid?

Just where Real Madrid go from here is hard to fully grasp, as Zinedine Zidane departs the club as their second most successful coach in club history.

"But there is one thing...", Lacombe told AFP. "I am not going to coach another team [right away]".

"It will happen at the right time. There is no rush".

  • Stacy Allen