Zinedine Zidane abruptly resigns as Real Madrid manager

GETTYFormer Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has praised Real Madrid

GETTYFormer Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has praised Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane has quit as Real Madrid manager days after he won his third consecutive Champions League title. During his reign, the former Real midfielder won three Champions League trophy, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Super Cup title, 1 Club World Cup title and 1 UEFA Super Cup title.

The club revealed on Thursday that Zidane was to appear in a hastily arranged news conference that caught many by surprise, fuelling speculation that his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu could be coming to an end.

Zidane followed up his maiden Champions League crown as a coach with a LaLiga title and in June 2017 his side delivered a more emphatic European Cup final triumph as his former employers Juve were humbled 4-1 in Cardiff.

Real Madrid are on the look-out for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane resigned from his post.

Many feel Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to plunge his own future into doubt has played a role in Zidane's departure.

Zidane said there wasn't a specific reason that led him to his decision, but apparently he saw enough signs to know things were not all flawless despite the good results. Maybe it's a mistake. I thank you all for your support and there are hard times when there are whistles but that is part of this club. "But we can only take the decision and respect it".

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Zidane, 45, replaced Rafael Benitez in January 2016 and despite his European success has come under pressure for winning only one La Liga title during his two and a half years in charge. I thank him for his commitment, his passion.

"I want to thank Zidane for his dedication, his passion, his love and all that he's done for Real Madrid in these years".

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

Attention will immediately turn to Zidane's successor, with two of the previous leading candidates in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Germany national team coach Joachim Low both having recently signed new extensions to their current deals. "This is my first job as a manager but I've been working towards this for a long time".

Zidane was considered one of the all-time greats as a player, his mixture of sublime skill wrapped up in a muscular package driving France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil.

Antonio Conte has been mentioned as he is expected to leave Chelsea this summer.

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