Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid five days after winning third Champions League

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid five days after winning third Champions League

"He [Zidane] remembers the victories but for sure when you are in a club like Real Madrid there is pressure on each decision on the pitch and action, change on the pitch and defeat", Karembeu said.

Zidane told a news conference that "everything changes" and "that's why I took this decision".

"It can be a "see you later", Madrid has given me everything, I will be close to this club all my life".

"The decision was first to Florentino, then to the squad it was a odd decision but an important moment, it had to be done for everybody". Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this, I've taken the decision.

He played for three seasons there, winning two Champions League titles, and left a year before Zidane joined in 2001.

Speculation is rife about what Zidane will say. I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay.

He then led Real Madrid Castilla for 18 months to further his coaching and management experience. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more.

Real President Florentino Pérez admitted his surprise at Zidane's decision just five days after their historic Champions League success. He knows there is always an appetite for him to return, that the bridge hasn't been burned.

I have No words to thank you for everything you've done for this shirt, Real Madrid and the Madrid fans.

Fernando Hierro: The former Real Madrid defender managed Real Oviedo most recently and could be a soothing voice to weather the storm post-Zidane. After three years, this is what I've chose to do. "I'm not here to talk about the future of this team".

It has been a historically successful stint in charge for the rookie coach, becoming the first manager in Champions League history to defend the trophy, in Cardiff last June, before adding a third consecutive win in Kiev last Saturday night.

Germany team manager Bierhoff was consequently relieved Low put pen to paper on a new contract until 2022 just two weeks ago.

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