French manager Zinidine Zidane has shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation from Real Madrid.
"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology", Zidane said, per The BBC.
Did the players or president Florentino Perez push him out? "But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave", said Zidane. "I know it's a odd moment, but I think it's the best for all".
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".More news: Tesla sedan in autopilot crashes into parked police auto
"But today, we have to change and that is why I am taking this decision".
Speculation is rife about what Zidane will say. I tried to convince him but I know how it is.
Zidane took charge of Real in 2016 and led his side to La Liga glory in the 2016/17 season. "For many people, this will not make sense, but it does for me".More news: French Open draw: Serena, Sharapova could meet in Round of 16
I have No words to thank you for everything you've done for this shirt, Real Madrid and the Madrid fans.
The bombshell decision came 12 years after another stunning blow from Zidane brought a controversial close to the midfielder´s worldwide career. "I'm not going to get involved in these things", he said when asked about a possible successor.
Did the tiring nature of a football manager's job also play a role? "I'm really looking forward to getting started and to the challenge ahead". "When I heard, I went to his house to see if he was prepared and he told me completely seriously that he was convinced".
Zidane oversaw Real's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kyiv just last weekend, becoming the first manager in the history of the competition ever to win three consecutive European Cups - Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley are the only others to have won three at any time.More news: Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast
He lifted nine titles during his stint at the club, among them three successuive Champions League trophies.