First for me, but also for the squad, for the club.
The players have nothing to do with my decision, it is about what I think.. After doing three years, it's the right decision. They need another voice, to return to winning again.
"It's a hard moment as I'm saying I'm leaving", he explained. "I know that he was offered that position many times by the current President". And this is the right moment. "I spoke with (Sergio) Ramos who respected my decision and wished me luck". "I'm not going to get involved in these things", he said when asked about a possible successor.
Former Madrid star and France worldwide Zidane was one of the greatest players of his generation, winning trophies including the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and 2002 Champions League, as well as the 1998 Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year prize in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
"There are many reasons for this".
"Only one coach has been in charge of Madrid longer than three years in the last 48 years. But it is the moment to [leave] here", said Zidane.
Zidane announced his decision in Madrid on Thursday morning.
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A historic chapter has reached its conclusion at Real Madrid.
Flanking Zidane at the press conference, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the decision was "completely unexpected".
The Frenchman has chose to call it a day at the Bernabeu after a wildly successful spell with the Spanish giants, with the 2017 domestic title on top of the aforementioned three European Cups to make Zidane one of the most decorated managers of all time despite his short stint at Real.
Madrid had hoped he would stay longer and continue to build an era-defining team over the next few seasons, but there were signs of decay in 2017-18 despite winning the Champions League.
It will now be his job to find a coach who can pick up the baton from Zidane as despite the poor performance of the team in La Liga this term, the Frenchman will be an extremely tough act to follow.