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Arsene Wenger Favourite To Take Over At Real Madrid

Arsene Wenger Favourite To Take Over At Real Madrid

Zinédine Zidane has announced that he is leaving Real Madrid just five days after claiming an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.

The timing comes as a shock to many after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool, 3-1, in the Champions League final on Saturday. "Today is a sad day for me, for the fans and for all the people who work at the club".

Pérez added: "This was a totally unexpected decision, Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday".

Sat alongside Real president Florentino Pérez, the World Cup victor said he felt he had taken the club as far as he could: "I have taken the decision to not continue into the next season".

The 41-year-old now coaches the youth teams at the club and, like Zidane, could be promoted from within to arguably the biggest job in world football.

"He [Zidane] remembers the victories but for sure when you are in a club like Real Madrid there is pressure on each decision on the pitch and action, change on the pitch and defeat", Karembeu said.

The next step for the former Real Madrid star player is unclear but he has time on his side.

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"This is a very hard and demanding club; I always said it is like a grinder, it is very exhausting to be there".

'This team needs to keep winning and it needs a change.

Zidane has won 70 per cent of his league games as boss and has only lost four Champions League games during his tenure.

Madrid's third-place La Liga finish is likely the major factor in Zidane's departure, as Los Blancos ended the season 17 points adrift of bitter rivals and champions Barcelona. He finally won the European title as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an unbelievable volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen.

If the Spanish giants are willing to play the waiting game then the World Cup's conclusion is sure to supplement their options. In the 2006 final, he was sent off for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi. "The decision may not make a lot of sense to many, but it does to me".

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. "It was time to make a change".


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