Real Madrid legend and Manager, Zinedine Zidane has now officially confirmed that he will be leaving the Spanish club, after leading the club to a third back-to-back Champions League title since his appointment as manager in January 2016.
The Frenchman announced his decision to leave the club at a news conference that was held earlier today, claiming Madrid needs “a different voice” and that everything will change considering the reason he will be leaving the club.
Zidane said via Mirror: “I love this club.
“What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology. And that’s why I took this decision.”
The former French international took over from Rafael Benitez, who was sacked by the club back in January winter 2016. Helping the Los Blancos in 149 games, with a record of 104 wins ad 29 draws developing the rate a win ratio of 69.8% winning nine trophies in the process.
Popularly regarded as “Zizou”, the 45-year-old manager was widely rumoured to be leaving the club earlier this season in February, when he said he will leave the feels there is nothing more he could offer to his team.
The news came as a shock to the media as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also claimed the decision was unexpected, he said: “After winning the Champions League, the decision was unexpected, it is a sad day for me, the fans and the players.
“But he knows I wanted him as a player and as a manager, I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay, but I know it was his final decision.
“All I want to do is remind him that this club is his home and family.”
Zinedine Zidane revealed his departure with the club just five days after winning the Champions League title in Kiev defeating English club Liverpool in a 3-1 victory.
Speaking in Kiev, Zidane said: “This is a club that has won 13 European Cups, so I’m happy to be part of this history, We are going to think about what we achieved, enjoy the moment first. This is the most important thing now.”