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Real Madrid have confirmed that Zinedine Zidane has decided to step down

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27 May 2021
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The coach’s desire to walk away from the post in mid-May has now become apparent to him that ties will be severed in Madrid.

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Zidane says goodbye to the Blancos’ dugout for the second time

Real Madrid have confirmed that the club’s head coach Zinedine Zidane has decided to resign as manager of the club, even though there are still 12 months left to run for his contract. The coach’s desire to walk away from the post in mid-May has now become apparent to him that ties will be severed in Madrid. Zidane says goodbye to the Blancos’ dugout for the second time after securing himself a large silverware through both of his stints at the helm. The LaLiga giants said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current way as coach of our club. It is time to respect his decision and show him our appreciation for the professionalism, dedication and passion for all these years and for what he represents for Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid is and always be Zizou’s home

“He is one of the great heroes of Real Madrid, and his legend goes beyond being the coach and player of our club. He knows what is at the heart of Real Madrid and that Real is and always will be his home”. The FIFA World Cup winner spent the final five years of his distinguished playing career in Madrid, retiring in 2006. He returned to Real Madrid and cut his coaching teeth with their Castilla team in 2014 before being promoted to his first commanding position when Rafa Benitez was sacked in January 2016 and Blancos looking for inspiration close to home. The coach provided it, with his first spell delivering the La Liga title and three consecutive Champions League crowns. Zidane headed for another hiatus in the summer of 2018 but returned to Blancos by March 2019 after seeing his successors suffer.

Zidane oversaw another domestic title triumph in 2020 but failed to defend that prize and missed out on more European glory in the season that had just come to an end. The Frenchman took 263 games in charge of Real Madrid, with 174 wins and only 36 defeats.

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