Zinedine Zidane on Thursday stepped down as manager of European Champions Real Madrid. The shocking revelation was made at an impromptu press conference in Madrid with the Zidane accompanied by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.
Here is the statement issued by the Frenchman:
“I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season,” said Zidane, who was joined by club president Florentino Perez.
“I spoke to Florentino yesterday [Wednesday] to tell him my thoughts, my feelings. I know it’s a strange moment for everyone involved, but I think it’s the right decision.
“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.
“That’s why I decided to take this decision. It’s a club I love and I love the president too, he brought me to this huge club and I will always be grateful, but I think a change is needed so I will not be here next season.”
Additional information from Goal International.