Real Madrid's manager Zinedine Zidane steps down for good: Here's why!
by Unik Dhandhi, Friday, June 01, 2018
Former midfielder and Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane has announced that he will no longer be serving Florentino Pérez’s team. The announcement was made by Zizou during a press-conference in Spain. Soon after Zidane made Real Madrid win the Champions League Trophy for the third time by defeating Liverpool in the final(3-1), Zinedine announced his retirement from the post of manager.
At the conference in Spain, Zinedine said “I made this decision because I love this club very much but I think today for me and for all I think it’s best to make a change and not continue next year.”
In the presence of club president Florentino Perez, Zinedine revealed the reason behind his retirement as, “As I told the president, it is the pressure (of the job). Of course, this is a ‘see you later’. Madrid has given me everything and I’m going to be close to this club throughout my life."
Former footballer Zidane further added, “For many, the decision will not make sense but for me it does. At the moment, there’s a need for change – also for the players. Having done well in the last three years, it is the right decision.”
Real Madrid's manager later thanked his fans by saying, “I can proudly say that I am thankful to the fans. I have a special fondness for this club and I want to thank again for all the support. There have been complicated moments, there have been jeers but that is part of this club. It is a demanding team but the players need it. You have to face it. I want to thank everyone I’ve had around me because they’ve been spectacular.”
Real Madrid's president and French businessman Florentino Perez expressed his shock when he heard about Zinedine's departure by saying, “For me this is an unexpected decision. It is a sad day. I loved him as a player and as a manager. And it had a big impact on me yesterday when I heard about the decision. I would have liked to convince him but I know how he is. This home is his family forever and always. You’re never prepared for news like this.”
“I want to thank Zidane for his dedication, his passion, his love and all that he’s done for Real Madrid in these years. The only thing I would like to say is that this is a see you soon. I have no doubt, you will return but if you need a break, you also deserve it,” added Perez for Zinedine's constant efforts to the team.
Zidane began leading the club in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was dropped by the club. During his tenure, Zidane helped Real Madrid in winning three Champions League trophies, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Super Cup title, 1 Club World Cup title and 1 UEFA Super Cup title.
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