Zidane quits Real Madrid


Zidane's retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then 33-year-old made a decision to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year's World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract. "I am a victor and if I don't see it clearly that we will keep winning, it's time for a change".

"This club needs a change to keep winning", Zidane said. During his reign, the former Real midfielder won three Champions League trophy, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Super Cup title, 1 Club World Cup title and 1 UEFA Super Cup title. 'For a lot it will not make any sense but for me it's the way to go after working here for three years.

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. "Big players need a change".

The Madrid board did not know about Zidane leaving until midday Wednesday.

"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. "All I want to do is remind him that this club is his home and family".

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"I know very well how the dressing room and a player's head works, and that for me is very important".

Zidane oversaw Real's 2016-17 success in La Liga, but failed to win the league either side of that triumph.

"If I was the manager here next season, it would have been tough for us to win trophies".

Zidane took over the role in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked following a poor string of results. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and LaLiga double in 59 years. Pochettino is building a team that he hopes can compete for the Premier League title, has just signed a new contract at the club, and Spurs have a new stadium to play in next season. I think it's also a clever decision as it's good timing with these titles. He spoke of a decision made for the best of the club and made as a reaction to the exhaustion but he contradicted himself saying: 'I am not exhausted of coaching. That's what the players need sometimes, when the fans actually push you it just makes you better.