Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

Real Madrid have confirmed Zinedine Zidane will appear before the media in an unscheduled press conference at 12pm today.

Real president Perez added: "This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday". After three years the club needs another discourse, another method of working " I don't see myself continuing to win this year and I am a victor, I don't like to lose. "I know it's a odd moment, but I think it's the best for all. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working".

"I love this club and the president who gave me the chance to play for this club and manage the club of my dreams. I wish we could always have Zidane by our side, but we know that when Zizou makes a decision, the only thing we can do is to accept it and respect it".

The 45-year-old is also among a select group of players to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and manager after his iconic volley secured the 2001/02 title for Real.

No. When Zidane was asked on Thursday about whether his decision was influenced by players, who are known to wield wide-ranging influence at Real, he quashed all such talk by saying: "The players have nothing to do with my decision".

Tributes flooded in for the Frenchman with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos hailing him as a club legend who leaves behind a legacy as a player and manager.

It was only in January 2016 that he took charge of the full Real team. It has been impossible to convince him.

"This is a sad day for me, for the players and for everyone involved with the club".

"I am doing this for the good of this team, for this club". As one of the most promising young managers in the world, it's only natural that Madrid would be interested, but can the prise him from White Hart Lane?

The bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow from Zidane brought a controversial close to the midfielder´s global career. I think it's the right time.

  • Steve Townsend