“What I think is that this team needs to continue winning; but it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology and that’s why I took this decision.”
Zinedine Zidane has announced his departure from Real Madrid following a third successive Champions League win. Real Madrid called a surprise press conference at 12pm BST today following doubts around the future of Zidane, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Zinedine Zidane has ruled the pitch as player and sidelines as coach; (quick stats)
As a play the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Zidane, 45, started his coaching career with Real Madrid’s Castilla youth. In 2016 Rafael Benitez real Madrid’s coach was fired and that paved way for Zidane to lead.
A great hire it was – that season Real Madrid won the Champions League trophy, while also clinching the 2016-17 La Liga title along with two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and one Spanish Super Cup.
He completed the double in his second season, winning La Liga and the Champions League, and beat Liverpool five days ago to make it three European gongs in a row.
Florentino Pérez speaks on the shock resignation
“It is a sad day, for me, for the club, the players, everyone at this club. It is an unexpected decision — I loved him as a player, and coach, and wanted him always at my side. But when he takes a decision the only thing we can do is respect it. I would have liked to convince him, but I know how he is, so the only thing I can do is offer my respect and acknowledgement, and tell him he will always be welcome here at his home.
“This is ‘until soon’ as I have no doubt that you will be back. Although if you need a rest, we understand that.”
The Big question – why did Zidane leave Real Madrid?
Zidane is well known for making rash decisions, Zidane’s retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then 33-year-old decided to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year’s World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract.
With very high expectations from himself and the players He feels the need to inject a new strategy into the team;
The players need a change, I want to thank them too, as in the end they are the ones who fight on the pitch. This is a demanding club, not easy for them, with this great history.
We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I cannot ask them for more. They need another voice, to return to winning again. “I am doing this for the good of this team, for this club. It would have been difficult for me to win again next year.
The need to end when the applause is high; – There have been good moments, but also difficult times. I do not forget that. And at this club you must know this. I do not want to start a season and have a bad time, I want to end with Real Madrid when everything is going well. I did it as a player, and now again as a coach. This the right moment to end things well.
“There are many reasons for this. I am not tired of coaching, after three years. But it is the moment to [leave] here…. I am not going to coach another team [right away].”
Maybe the difficult times the club endured inspired his exit;- His job as a coach was questioned midway through the 2017-18 campaign, as Madrid lost December’s Clasico 3-0 at home as Barcelona eased to the La Liga title, and Los Blancos were also embarrassingly knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the Bernabeu by Leganes.
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.
Cracks in his relationship with Perez;
This appeared during a midseason disagreement over whether to sign young Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper.
Whatever is the reason for his exit; he is sure leaving with his head held high