Zidane leaves Real Madrid in shock after winning Champions League

Web Desk: Zinedine Zidane on Thursday announced he is quitting Real Madrid after two and a half seasons with the Spanish club.

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The surprise announcement comes less than a week after Zidane led Madrid to its third straight Champions League title.

Zidane said he felt it was the right moment for him and for the club to make a change.

“There are really beautiful moments, ending in a spectacular moment winning the third Champions League, but there are hard moments too. I think it’s the right time. I think the players need a change but I should thank them because at the end of the day it’s them that fight out there and this is a club of very high expectations,” he added.

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.

Zidane won nine titles as Madrid’s coach, including the three Champions Leagues, one Spanish League, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

The 45-year-old Zidane was hired in January 2016 for what was his first major head-coaching job. The former star player arrived surrounded by doubts because of his lack of coaching experience but quickly surpassed expectations.

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