Doubts over Madrid's ability to keep winning caused Zidane to walk away


Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as Real Madrid head coach five days after celebrating three consecutive Champions League titles with victory over Liverpool in Kiev. "After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision", said Zidane. "But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave".

The Egyptian, 25, fractured his shoulder during Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on Saturday, prompting concerns he might miss the tournament.

"I know it is a odd moment for everyone involved", said Zidane. "I had to do this for everyone".

The 46-year-old called a surprise press conference at Madrid's Valdebebas training ground on Thursday before confirming his exit from the club.

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The unexpected decision has disappointed club president Florentino Perez who claimed "I wanted him to be next to me forever", and will be sure to upset a number of players at the Bernabeu.

"It could be a 'see you soon, ' because Madrid has given me everything and I'll be linked to this club my entire life", Zidane said. I'm not looking for another team'. Big players need a change.

The Frenchman also lead Madrid to back-to-back European Super Cups and Club World Cups in 2016 and 2017.

French sports news outlet L'Equipe went as far as to say the Spanish player committed several "highly controversial actions in the final between Real and Liverpool". "I do not think he's angry with him". "The decision may not make a lot of sense to many, but it does to me".

The triumph represented his ninth major trophy in just two-and-a-half years in charge.

"Being a coach is extremely tiring - more so at a club like Real Madrid, When I feel there is nothing more to give, I'll walk away", he added.

However, despite presiding over another successful campaign on the European stage, Real struggled domestically this season as they finished third in La Liga, and were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes in the quarter-final.