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Zinedine Zidane: REAL reason for Madrid exit revealed by Guillem Balague

Flanking Zidane at the press conference, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the decision was "completely unexpected". I think it's also a clever decision as it's good timing with these titles.

"He [Zidane] remembers the victories but for sure when you are in a club like Real Madrid there is pressure on each decision on the pitch and action, change on the pitch and defeat", Karembeu said.

"I think this team needs to keep winning but I think after three years a change is needed, something different, a different message, different ways of going about things". And that's why I...

As to his future plans, Zidane said he was not looking to rush back into management. Like Guardiola, the job had worn him down, like Guardiola he left with smiles rather than revealing the stresses and frustrations, the tension of working with star players every day and of having to compromise their principles to appease players.

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.

"As a coach, there were a lot things, like winning the Champions League, but if there was one specific moment, it was to win La Liga (in 2017)".

The club revealed on Thursday that Zidane was to appear in a hastily arranged news conference that caught many by surprise, fuelling speculation that his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu could be coming to an end.

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.

Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez after a stint with Madrid's "B" team. The Frenchman has been in charge for less than three years and has won three Uefa Champions Leagues, the most recent of which was secured on Saturday in Kiev. He finally won the European title as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an awesome volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen. In the 2006 final, he was sent off for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi. It made a big impact on me when I heard the decision.

The former Arsenal manager has attracted the early backing, seeing his odds cut from 6/1 since confirmation of Zidane's departure. Time for a change.



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