Zinedine Zidane Steps Down As Real Madrid Manager

The Frenchman was only appointed in January 2016 in what was his first senior role, but has enjoyed unprecedented success in the subsequent two-and-a-half years.

He became the first manager to win the European Cup/Champions League three times in a row, while also landing a La Liga title as well as five more major honours.Club president Florentino Perez confirmed Zidane came to see him yesterday to break the “completely shocking” news.

While he also admitted it was a “sad day” for the club, but insisted he “will be back” — a sentiment Zidane later echoed himself.

He explained: “I have taken the decision to leave Real Madrid.

“It is a moment in which I need to take a step back. I believe this could needs to carry on winning and needs a change.

“It needs another discourse and a methodology. I really love this club.”

However, the former Ballon d’Or-winner revealed he is leaving because he feels the club have endured a difficult season.

He admitted he was affected by the booing of the fans and urged supporters to get behind the players even in the more difficult times.

He added: “I have enjoyed a special relationship with the supporters both as a player and a manager.

“We have endured difficult times this season, with boss, that is the club.

“It is a demanding public — sometimes the players need it. Thank you.”

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