Zinedine Zidane quits Real Madrid five days after Champions League win

GETTYZinedine Zidane celebrates after the Champions League final

"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. Zidane quit as Real Madrid coach on Thursday, less than a week after leading the team to its third straight Champions League title, saying the club needed a change in command.

Real president Perez added: "This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday".

Zidane said, "I have decided not to be Real Madrid coach next season". "I know it's a unusual moment, but I think it's the best for all". After three years they need a new voice, a new way of saying things - possibly another way of working. I think at times the players need it, when you have a hard time you have to front up occasionally.

Zidane said he had insulted his family. "All I can offer is my love and respect and remind him that this is his home".

Real Madrid now must replace one of its greatest-ever leaders, while trying to maintain its standard atop the soccer world and meet fans' sky-high demands. I will be around, close to this club all my life but the decision, maybe for many doesn't make any sense, for me it makes sense.

Zidane took over in 2016, after Rafael Benitez's sacking, and he has won the Champions League in each of his season's at the Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane with Real Madrid players after beating Liverpool to win third consecutive champions league title.

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The three-time Champions League-winning boss announced his decision at an impromptu press conference at 12 noon BST on Thursday.

"When I took the decision that was it. I am not going to coach another team [right away]". "When I heard, I went to his house to see if he was prepared and he told me completely seriously that he was convinced".

Did the tiring nature of a football manager's job also play a role?

Marcelo, one of the oldest playrs in the Real Madrid squad, wrote, "Zizou, I have learnt a lot by your side".

"I have a special love for this fanbase".

Zidane spoke little about his future but said he is not immediately looking to coach another club.

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