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Real Madrid fans and world football were left shellshocked as Zinedine Zidane announced that he was stepping down from the managerial role at Real Madrid.

Champions League final goalscorer Karim Benzema said of his countryman: "I had not had the pleasure of playing with you brother but I had the huge honor to have you as a coach so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given me and brought".

Naturally that sent Spurs fans into meltdown, with the early favourite with the bookmakers to succeed the World Cup victor at the Santiago Bernabeu being Mauricio Pochettino.

Real Madrid have set up a surprise Zinedine Zidane news conference for 13:00 CEST on Thursday, sparking suggestions there will be an update on the Frenchman's future.

Just days after sealing an unprecedented third Champions League trophy in a row for Real Madrid, the Frenchman has sensationally quit as coach of the Spanish giants.

" When he says he's taken a decision though, we have to accept it. I thank him for the work he has done". I did it as a player, and now again as a coach.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the trophy as he collects his loser's medal after the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more. "I enjoy life as it happens, and what must be, will be".

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However, he then added, per AS (via Wright): "I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that". I am not exhausted of coaching after three years.

Zidane claimed it was time for a change at the club, citing that the need for Real's players to hear a new voice in the changing room.

"There is no way I think Jurgen Klopp is going to be tempted to move given the season he's just come off". I'm not looking for another team.

"I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me".

Pochettino, 46, only signed a new contract with Spurs to 2023 last week, so Real would have to pay a big premium if they want to appoint him.

It was an unexpected move, but many Real Madrid players have come out to say they're sorry to see the former Juventus and Bordeaux player leave the club.