Impossible to turn down Madrid? Not for me, says Pochettino

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Real president Florentino Perez was reportedly stunned by Zidane's decision to leave also, calling the decision 'completely shocking'. For now though, it seems Zidane is holding out till the end of the World Cup before taking any decisions.

" This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit odd, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself".

"I love this club and the president who gave me the chance to play for this club and manage the club of my dreams".

That's why I chose to take this decision.

Zidane won nine titles as Madrid's coach, including three Champions League, one Spanish League, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

"I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium", said Pochettino.

"Chelsea will be doing everything they can to keep him there for at least another year, but Real Madrid were linked heavily last year and could come back in for him again".

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Keylor Navas, Casemiro, Dani Carvajal and Achraf Hakimi also thanked Zidane for his influence and wished him luck for the future.

Zinedine Zidane's abrupt departure from Real Madrid could spark a managerial merry-go-round that would send shockwaves through the Premier League.

Gab Marcotti reveals some of the candidates and his early pick for the next Real Madrid manager. I know it's a unusual moment for everyone involved, but I think it's the right decision. I do not want, nor can I, comment on Zidane going but what he has done is undoubtedly very big: "no one has won three Champions Leagues in a row recently". As assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, he was on the bench in Lisbon when Madrid secured La Decima in 2014.

But the former Argentina defender has been installed as the bookies' favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, and has conceded it would be hard to ignore overtures from the 13-time European club champions. I am not exhausted of coaching after three years.

"I'm just proud of being your player", Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.

"There are hard moments when you can wonder whether you are the right person still", he said.