I wanted him at Real Madrid forever - Perez shocked by Zidane exit

SHOCKING: Zidane quits Real Madrid
BREAKING: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resigns five days after winning Champions League

31 May, 2018

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another way of working and that's why I took this decision", he said.

"After winning a European Cup it is an unexpected decision", club president Florentino Perez commented. Zidane drew criticism all year - as any Real Madrid manager would, no matter how successful he is.

"The decision was first to Florentino, then to the squad it was a unusual decision but an important moment, it had to be done for everybody".

"If I don't see that I think we're going to carry on winning, if I don't see things as I want them to be, a moment arrives where you say it's better to change". But (Zidane) knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager. "Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I've taken the decision", Zidane added.

The announcement comes just five days after the former Los Blancos player-turned-trainer won a third successive Champions League title with victory over Liverpool in Kyiv.

At the press conference, Zidane said: "This is my decision. I thank him for the work he has done".

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Tributes flooded in for the Frenchman with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos hailing him as a club legend who leaves behind a legacy as a player and manager. I have learned a lot as a player and a person under you.

Carlo Ancelotti - who led Real Madrid to a tenth Champions League title in 2014 - has recently been appointed as Napoli coach.

He became the world's most expensive player in 2001, moving to Bernabeu from the Old Lady.

Speaking about his arrival at the Midlands club, Lampard is keeping his cards close to his chest as to what he hopes to achieve with the team who were last in the Premier League in 2007/08.

Zidane said his association with Madrid may not be at an end. "All I want to do is remind him that this club is his home and family". "I'm not here to talk about the future of this team". I am not exhausted of coaching, after three years.

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