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Zidane announces departure from Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane has announced he is resigning as Real Madrid coach after leading the club to a third consecutive Champions League triumph.

The 45-year-old Frenchman led Real to their fourth victory in Europe's elite club competition in five years - and third under his management - by masterminding a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday, but Los Blancos could only finish third in La Liga last season.

"This is the right moment for everyone," he said in a news conference. "It might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone - the players, the club and myself.

"This team must keep winning and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working."

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