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Zidane resigns as Real Madrid Coach

31 May, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Sylvester Abbott

A club statement read: "Zinedine Zidane will appear before members of the press today, Thursday 31st May, at 1:00pm CEST in the Real Madrid City press room".

Zidane took the decision after meeting with Real president, Florentino Perez, earlier in the day at the training ground.

Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.

A packed out Santiago Bernabeu Stadium welcomed back 2018 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid on Sunday night, with fans asking Cristiano Ronaldo to stay.

With Wenger now available and suggesting he wants to continue working in the game at the age of 68, his appointment may be viewed by Perez as the flawless stop gap with some of the likely contenders for the job seemingly unavailable.

A historic chapter has reached its conclusion at Real Madrid.

Zidane is unlikely to take a new job any time soon, but Calderon did suggest he could return to management in the future if the chance to manage his country comes up.

The three-time Champions League-winning boss announced his decision at an impromptu press conference at 12 noon BST on Thursday. It's a unusual moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. And I had to do this for everyone. "Big players need a change", he added.

"That's why I've taken that decision".

"I will always be close to this club, I know many people here and that relationship won't change". I am grateful to the fans. "This is the right moment for everyone". And this is the right moment.

"We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more". This is a demanding club, not easy for them, with this great history.

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