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Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane sits beside president Florentino Perez during a press

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane sits beside president Florentino Perez during a press

Wenger is linked with the vacancy at the Bernabeu following Zinedine Zidane's shock resignation on Thursday, and the 68-year-old has made it clear he wants to take on a new challenge after ending his 22-year reign as Arsenal manager.

Aside from his three Champions League crowns, Frenchman Zidane won one La Liga title, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups since taking the reins at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2016.

Zizou called a surprise press conference today to announce that, after winning three straight European Cups along with a Spanish title, he's off.

But the trophy it lifted in Kiev on Saturday was the only one of Zidane's second full season in charge.

"This was a totally unexpected decision", Perez said, per The BBC. "This is a good moment to end it well".

That's the view of Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who believes the pair's comments after the Champions League final will have swayed Zidane's decision.

Their squad remains packed with experience and they will get a top manager to replace Zidane.

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About the president Perez, a man known to be impulsive with managers and players alike, Zidane offered: "I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything - to play first at this great club". I'm not going to coach another team as of now.

It does not seem as though Zidane was exhausted by the task of managing a high-profile club like Real Madrid. As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he was on the bench in Lisbon when Madrid secured La Decima in 2014.

What a job to follow, after his three consecutive Champions League triumphs. He finally won the European title as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an fantastic volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen.

He earned a red card in the 2006 World Cup final, probably costing France the title, for his full-blooded headbutt against Italian Marco Materazzi.

"It can be a "see you later", Madrid has given me everything, I will be close to this club all my life".

"We always want more and more, I couldn't ask for more from these players but now is the time for them to have a different voice in the changing room".

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