Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach with immediate effect

Zinedine Zidane
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Zinedine Zidane is standing down as coach of Real Madrid for the second time. The club announced the Frenchman’s departure on Thursday, four days after Madrid failed to win a trophy for the first time in almost a decade. 

According to ESPN, the decision was reached on Wednesday after Zidane requested a few days to think about his future with the club. Later that day, he informed Madrid’s board and subsequently the players of his decision.

Real Madrid Statement

Real Madrid confirmed in their official statement, “Real Madrid C. F. announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to bring an end to his current spell as head coach of our club.”

“We must now respect his decision and express our gratitude for his professionalism, dedication and passion over the years and what he means to Real Madrid.”

“Zidane is one of Real Madrid’s great icons and his legacy extends beyond what he has achieved as a coach and player at our club.”

“He is aware that he has a place in the hearts of the Real Madrid fans and that he will always have a home at Real Madrid.”

A season to forget

Zidane quits following a season in which Real failed to win a single title. Real Madrid lost the La Liga Championship to arch rivals Atletico Madrid by two points.

They were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals by Chelsea. They were knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the last 32 by Aloycano, a fourth-tier team.

In his two stints as Real manager, the Frenchman won 11 trophies, including two La Liga titles and three Champions League titles. Real Madrid will now look for a replacement for Zidane.

Massimiliano Allegri has been connected with the job in the past, and Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan earlier this week, may be a possibility.