Zinedine Zidane Leaves Madrid in Disarray With his Sudden Departure

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(WFI) The best coach in the history of the Champions League suddenly said “it’s over”. 

Five days after winning the world’s most prestigious club tournament for an unprecedented consecutive third time, Zinedine Zidane has announced his departure from Real Madrid.

Zidane’s decision was conveyed at a last-minute press conference held at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium where the French coach appeared next to Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez. There, Perez seemed stunned by the sudden departure of his prodigal son.

Perez says that Zidane had only told him about his decision the previous day, and the outgoing coach revealed that the only member of the playing squad he had spoken to personally was club captain Sergio Ramos.

Zidane explained that he did not see clearly how he could keep the team winning next season, and repeatedly underlined his belief that the team needs a "new direction" while recalling the intense pressures and demands associated with coaching Real Madrid.

When asked to identify his worst moment in charge, Zidane had no hesitation in pinpointing the Copa del Rey exit against Leganes in January.

Zidane was also asked whether winning his third consecutive Champions League convinced him that now was the right time to go. He answered with a smile,  "Maybe. Maybe, yes."

The only time Zidane looked even vaguely irritated during his final news conference came when he was asked whether the uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo's future had anything to do with his resignation. He shot back a curt response: "No, not at all".

The 45-year-old Frenchman leaves Real Madrid after two and a half years at the helm. Following the dismissal of Rafael Benitez in 2016, he led the first team to Champion’s League success in his debut season. Since then he has given the Spanish Giants 9 trophies, including those 3 Champions League titles in a row.

A number of names are being circulated as potential replacements for Zidane, but all arrows point to Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino signed a new five-year contract with Spurs just a few days ago, although it has been reported that his new deal contains a clause that allows him to leave if Madrid were to call him.

Pochettino knows La Liga well from his time in charge of Espanyol. Tottenham's style of play is said to have impressed Florentino Perez when the London outfit played Real Madrid twice in the Champions League group stage this past season.

Written by Javier Monne

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