Real Madrid begin search for Zinedine Zidane's successor

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid just days after leading club to third successive Champions League victory

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid just days after leading club to third successive Champions League victory

Blanc's ability to take over from the Conte - who is widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the coming days - straight away is seen as a massive advantage by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, although they are also expected to sound out the availability of his former global team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who quit his role as Real Madrid boss yesterday.

"He was with me for everything, the good times and the bad".

"When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them".

How do you better winning three Champions League trophies?

The future for Zidane seems quite clear: he will chill and have a cigar for the next 6-12 months and then maybe he can think about taking over the French national team in the future. How can I ask more from the players?

Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Zidane's decision took him by surprise when he was informed on Wednesday, leaving him with the unenviable task of replacing a hugely successful coach.

There have been tough times, in the Copa del Rey notably, and I don't forget those. "I thank him for the work he has done". I want to thank the fans, who always supported me both as a coach and a player. Right now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the things that are being said.

"This is a lovely moment as we have just won a third straight Champions League and I have now reflected and made this decision".

Real finished three points ahead of Barcelona as they won their first league title since 2012 before crushing Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first side to win the competition in its current format in back-to-back seasons.

Bale hinted at a Madrid exit after the Champions League final win over Liverpool last weekend.

"A change is needed".

Pochettino agreed a new five-year contract with Spurs last week, but the former Espanyol and Southampton boss is said to be on Real's shortlist.

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