Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager

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President Florentino Perez now has the unenviable task of identifying and hiring a new coach to carry the team forward, yet it's emerged that the club's president was taken completely by surprise on Thursday morning when Zidane informed him of his decision to leave.

"This club's history is huge, we always ask a lot of players, but there comes a moment when you think 'What more can I ask of them, after what they've done for me?' For this I think they need another discourse".

Despite being the first and only manager to win the Champions League three times in a row after a 3-1 victory over Liverpool, the club have stuttered domestically.

"We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more", he said.

The man who coached Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title has quit after two years in charge.

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Affectionately known as "Zizou" in France, he was World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003 in a career that started at Cannes, moved onto Bordeaux before he moved into the big league with Juventus, staying five years, before joining Real in 2001. "I do not forget the hard times, as well as the good times, and that makes you reflect".

In his two-and-a-half years stint at the Madrid club, Zidane ended up winning nine trophies with the team. But (Zidane) knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager.

"I don't see myself continuing to win this year and I am a victor, I don't like to lose", said Zidane, who was under contract with Real until 2020.

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

"If I was the manager here next season, it would have been tough for us to win trophies".

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Being a star player himself, Zidane was the ideal manager to handle the big players of the club. After doing three years, it's the right decision. Pochettino is building a team that he hopes can compete for the Premier League title, has just signed a new contract at the club, and Spurs have a new stadium to play in next season.

At least as a coach, Zinedine Zidane is going out on top.

Zidane took over in 2016, after Rafael Benitez's sacking, and he has won the Champions League in each of his season's at the Bernabeu.

"I have taken the decision not to continue next year", Zidane told the media.

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