Zidane explains his surprising decision to leave Real Madrid

Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in Kiev

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that it came as a huge shock when Zinedine Zidane announced that he will be stepping down as the club's manager. As reported by Spanish football journalist Dermot Corrigan, Zidane told reporters that the team needs "another voice, another way of working".

"It is the moment to make a change, and I think it is the right decision for everyone at the club".

Zidane cut a defiant figure in the press conference as he sat alongside Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, with the latter thanking the Frenchman for his commitment and devotion to the club.

"He is sad about what happened but is totally focused on recovery, seeing when he can be ready", physio Ruben Pons told Spanish sports newspaper Marca of the injury to Salah during Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. "I had to do this for everyone". Madrid finished third in the league Uefa 17 points behind champion Barcelona - and was eliminated at home by Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, a moment which Zidane said was the worst of his coaching career with the club.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. I will be forever close to this club, to my club.

Ramos' Madrid team-mates also paid tribute on social media to Zidane with many calling it a pleasure to have been coached by their idol.

"This team has to continue winning and need a change".

They say Zidane will contact Ronaldo to explain why he's opted to end his time in charge, and use the opportunity to persuade the Portuguese not to end his nine-year spell in Madrid. You are very special to me! "I think it's the right decision for the team". But I know it was his final decision. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and La Liga double in 59 years. "I remember the first time I went to his house and asked him to coach Real Madrid and he was absolutely convinced he could win things".

Guy Lacombe, Zidane's first coach when he joined AS Cannes, his first professional club, in 1988, said that there was little left to challenge the coach who had already won virtually everything.

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