Zinedine Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager

31 May, 2018, 20:32 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to outgoing Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman confirmed his surprise departure on Thursday.

Zinedine Zidane's decision to quit Real Madrid came as a surprise to even his friends, former global teammate Christian Karembeu told ESPN FC and revealed he spoke to the departing head coach in the days before the announcement and had no idea of the decision.

"But today, we have to change and that is why I am taking this decision".

Zidane said he felt like it was the right time for him and the club to make a change. 'For a lot it will not make any sense but for me it's the way to go after working here for three years.

Zidane had just won his third straight UEFA Champions League title on Saturday, becoming the first manager to win the European Cup three times in a row. I think the players need a change'. I thank you all for your support and there are hard times when there are whistles but that is part of this club.

Speculation quickly turned to who will succeed him at the Santiago Bernabeu, with World Cup-winning Germany coach Low among those touted as potential replacements. "All I want to do is remind him that this club is his home and family".

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"I've not talked to them all individually but they all know". I just don't see it so clear to keep winning this year'.

Zidane took over the role in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked following a poor string of results.

"Of course, I could return, I'll always be near to this club as it's close to my heart".

"After winning the Champions League, the decision was unexpected", he said. I think it's the right time.

The club have not named a successor, however local media reports suggest Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino, who signed a new five-year contract with the London club last week, is their first choice to replace the Frenchman.

The 45-year-old reiterated his immeasurable love for the club and thanked the management for offering him an opportunity to come as a player and a manager in different seasons.

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