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Zidane: Why I Decided To Quit Real

Zinedine Zidane shocked world football when he announced his surprise decision to leave Real Madrid, and the Frenchman has now explained the reasons for his departure.

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The 45-year-old leaves Los Blancos after just two and a half years in charge, during which he lifted nine trophies at the Santiago Bernabeu, and also became the first manager ever to win three successive UEFA Champions League titles.

He has now revealed the reasons for his decision, saying the team needed a change to keep on winning, while he also wanted to depart "when everything was going well".

"I have made the decision to not continue next year as manager of Real Madrid," he said in a press conference, as quoted by ESPN.

"This is a strange moment but a very important moment. And I had to do this for everyone. This team must continue winning and it needs a change that will be good for everyone.

"Madrid has given everything to me and I will be close to this club for the rest of my life. But the team needs another methodology and that is why I have made this decision. For me and for everyone, today, a change is needed and that is why I have reached this decision. I am grateful to the fans.

"There are difficult moments when you can wonder whether you are the right person still. I do not forget the hard times, as well as the good times, and that makes you reflect. And this is the right moment. The players need a change, I want to thank them, too, as in the end they are the ones who fight on the pitch.

"This is a demanding club, not easy for them, with this great history. We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I cannot ask them for more. They need another voice, to return to winning again.

"I am doing this for the good of this team, for this club. It would have been difficult for me to win again next year. There have been good moments, but also difficult times. I do not forget that. And at this club you must know this. I do not want to start a season and have a bad time, I want to end with Real Madrid when everything is going well. I did it as a player, and now again as a coach. This the right moment to end things well.

"There are many reasons for this. I am not tired of coaching, after three years. But it is the moment to (leave) here... I am not going to coach another team (right away)."

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Zidane took charge of 149 games for Los Blancos, winning 105, drawing 28 and losing just 16. He leaves as the second most successful manager in the club's history, with only Miguel Munoz having collected more silverware at Real (14).

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