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Zinedine Zidane Leaves Real Madrid For Second Time

Read that Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly left the club, according to Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sport Italy.

The report was confirmed by ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez. This was his second stint at the club.

Zidane, who managed Real Madrid from 2016 to 2018, left the club in 2018 but re-signed in 2019. He started his first stint with the team by becoming the first manager to win the Champions League three times in a row. He has also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup twice each.

According to ESPN, Real Madrid were reportedly preparing for his departure towards the end of the season. Zidane wouldn’t commit to an answer as to whether he wouldn’t return next season if pressured on the topic – sparking speculation that he might be leaving.

Zidane was named Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017. When he returned to his position in 2018, he won the La Liga and Supercopa de España titles – both achievements he also achieved in his first stint.

Zidane, 48, played for Real Madrid from 2001 to ’06 before retiring and making his switch to coaching. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year three times during his 17-year career.

Several reports have linked former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, now ex-Inter manager Antonio Conte and former Real Madrid great Raúl with the vacancy.