Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says will leave club

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At least as a coach, Zinedine Zidane is going out on top. Zidane stepped in during a very tough time and ensured that Real salvage the season with win over arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

"There are hard moments when you can wonder whether you are the right person still", he said. "But we can only take the decision and respect it". This team must continue winning and it needs a change that will be good for everyone. If I don't think that we can keep winning then it's time. But even for Zidane, managing some players became an issue.

Zinedine Zidane has resigned from his managerial role at Real Madrid.

The timing comes as a shock to many after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool, 3-1, in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Real had called a surprise press conference at noon where Zidane was joined by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. It made a big impact on me when I heard the decision. "After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision".

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Zidane mentioned the struggles the team faced this season, including in the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey. "Achieving three Champions League wins is fabulous".

I will still be close to the club but this decision is a clear one that might not make sense to some people but it is the moment to make a change, for the players as well. "In the coming days I will give a response to the fans because they actually have always been at my side". He also revealed recently he was approached several times by the Spanish side during his time in London. There have been complicated moments, there have been jeers but that is part of this club.

With his decision, one of the most attractive jobs in European football in suddenly up for grabs for a plethora of candidates. "It was the greatest thing", the Frenchman said.

Zidane, 45, has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafa Benitez in the Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.

When pressed on whether or not the various crises surrounding Real Madrid and their star players had forced him into this decision, the Frenchman was quick to quash such speculation. He is one of only three managers, along with Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley, to have secured three European successes.