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Zinedine Zidane has quit as Real Madrid manager

Zidane, 45, told a news conference at the Bernabeu Stadium he had "taken the decision not to continue next year".

"This side should carry on winning and needs a change for this".

Zidane confirmed on Thursday he is leaving the club , just five days on from winning his third Champions League in a row, citing the need for "a change" for him and the team.

"It was a huge impact for me yesterday when I heard this decision".

The Frenchman took over a divided dressing room after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January, 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.

Farewell: "I want to thank him for his dedication, his passion, his love during these years and his behaviour has always been an example of the values of Real Madrid".

That's a total of nine trophies - an average of a trophy every 16.6 matches. "It is a sad day for me, the fans and the players. If he needs a break, he deserves it".

Real finished three points ahead of Barcelona as they won their first league title since 2012 before crushing Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first side to win the competition in its current format in back-to-back seasons.

"I think it's the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down)".

He earned a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, probably costing France the title, for his full-blooded headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi.

Guy Lacombe, Zidane's first coach when he joined AS Cannes, his first professional club, in 1988, said that there was little left to challenge the coach who had already won virtually everything. "There is no rush".



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