Zinedine Zidane RESIGNS as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect after missing out on LaLiga title to rivals Atletico Madrid and being knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea
- Zinedine Zidane has resigned as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect
- Doubts over France icon’s future grew after Madrid missed out on the LaLiga title
- Los Blancos were also knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final
- Zidane was expected to leave at the end of season even if Madrid won the title
Zinedine Zidane has chosen to step down as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect.
Doubts ever the former player’s future in charge grew after Madrid were pipped to the LaLiga title last weekend.
Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Zidane would walk away from the club regardless of whether they secured the title after sensing for some time that he did not have the backing of Florentino Perez.
Zinedine Zidane has chosen to step down as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect
Doubts over Zidane’s future were growing following a difficult season for Madrid
Zidane’s future was made more uncertain when they were pipped to LaLiga by Atletico Madrid
Spanish publication AS report Zidane has already informed both the club’s directors and the first team squad that he has left the club.
The Frenchman had been in charge of in two spells since 2016, and has won three Champions Leagues in the Spanish capital.
It was a difficult season for Los Blancos where they have failed to win a trophy after losing in the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea whilst also struggling in domestic cup competitions.
Zidane is expected to be an immediate target for Juventus or the France national team following his departure from the Bernabeu.
Club icon Raul and former Juventus boss Max Allegri have been linked as possible successors
Zidane had been manager since 2016 over two spells, winning three Champions Leagues
Club legend Raul has been seen by supporters as the long-term successor to Zidane, but Perez is thought to prefer former Juve boss Max Allegri should he be available.
Following Madrid’s 2-1 defeat by Villarreal last week, Zidane said: ‘We have to congratulate Atletico Madrid. They deserve it, they had a great season.
‘I’m not the most important thing here. The most important thing is what the players did all year. We have to think about what we did all season, congratulate the players, and then with time, with calm, we’ll see.
‘I’ll talk with the club, calmly, but not right now.’
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