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Official: Zinedine Zidane Announces Shock Real Madrid Departure

"When he says he's taken a decision though, we have to accept it".

"This house will be his family forever, he triumphed and won everything, as you know". And this is the right moment.

"There are many reasons for this".

He won 104 of his 149 games in charge and won one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World titles to go with his three Champions League crowns.

About the president Perez, a man known to be impulsive with managers and players alike, Zidane offered: "I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything - to play first at this great club". After three years, it's what I have chose to do. "They are one of the teams I loved as a kid but I felt it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal".

"I know he wasn't a vocational coach; when he chose to become a coach it was to help the kids in the youth teams, and he came by surprise when Benitez was sacked".

There were murmurs throughout the season that Zidane could be heading for the exit door, with Madrid's campaign looking to unfold before him. But when he takes a decision the only thing we can do is respect it.

The Frenchman also lead Madrid to back-to-back European Super Cups and Club World Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Zidane's shock announcement was made at a hastily arranged press conference on Thursday lunchtime, with the French legend confirming his intention to step aside from his role in an announcement few predicted.

Soccer Football - Real Madrid - Zinedine Zidane Press Conference - Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain - May 31, 2018.

"This is my decision", he continued, having admitted he had previously planned to sign a new contract.

Zidane confirmed his departure at the start of the briefing, just five days after he presided over the 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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