His departure from Real Madrid had already been making noise for a week. The club officially announced this Thursday, May 27: Zinédine Zidane is leaving his post as coach, after a second term less brilliant than the first.
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Already in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Spanish press revealed that Zidane had announced his departure from Real Madrid and his players. “The decision is final and the French coach communicated it this Wednesday to the leaders of the club and to the team”, wrote on its website the sports daily “As”, under the title “Zidane leaves Real ”, without specifying his sources.
“One of the great myths of Real Madrid”
‘Marca’, the other major sports newspaper based in the Spanish capital, headlines in the same vein based on information revealed by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano on his Twitter account, who wrote: “Real Madrid and Zinédine Zidane will both issue an official statement in the coming hours / days to announce that they are going their separate ways. Zidane leaves 100%. “
It’s done. The Casa Blanca confirmed the information from the Spanish press in a statement. Indicating “Respect your decision”, the merengue club emphasizes that “Zidane is one of the great myths of Real Madrid and his legend goes beyond what he was as coach and player of our club”.
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“Real Madrid will always be his home”, added the club. After a triumphant farewell as a player in 2006, then a first departure from the bench in May 2018, five days after winning an unprecedented treble in the Champions League, Zidane leaves Real for the third time with a duller record and a goalless season of any title.
If the Madrilenians were not unworthy on the Eurocontinental scene, they were eliminated in the semifinals of the C1 by Chelsea. And in Spain, Zidane failed to retain the national crown after a final sprint won by Atlético on Saturday.