Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid resignation

Zidane made the surprise announcement that he was leaving Madrid on Thursday, less than a week after leading the team to its third straight Champions League title. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to replace him and Arsene Wenger is also in contention.

Last week, Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on Saturday to take the trophy for the third year running.

Zidane announced the stunning decision himself at an out-of-nowhere news conference on Thursday.

He said that his best memory was "winning the league title" - and not the unprecedented Champions League treble. Maybe it's a mistake.

"It could be a 'see you soon, ' because Madrid has given me everything and I'll be linked to this club my entire life", Zidane said. "But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave". How can I ask more from the players? "It is a sad day for me, the fans and the players".

Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly very keen on the Argentinian, who even has the DNA to take over at Real Madrid - admitting recently he would rather work on his farm in Argentina than manage Barcelona. I would have liked to convince him but I know how he is.

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"I love this club", he added.

All the players were told Zidane was off by text message just moments before he sat down to face reporters.

It's hard to envision Klopp suddenly leaving his position at Liverpool in order to take up the new post in Spain, whereas Pochettino signed a new long-term contract with Tottenham last week. He has signed a new five-year deal at Spurs and Daniel Levy is notoriously hard to deal with as Real Madrid know too well, after the struggle in 2013 to bring Gareth Bale to the club.

Zidane was considered one of the all-time greats as a player, his mixture of sublime skill wrapped up in a muscular package driving France to victory in the 1998 World Cup on home soil. The Chelsea manager's future remains unresolved and, having won the Premier League and FA Cup in his two seasons at Stamford Bridge, he might appeal to the Real Madrid board.

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