Zidane makes retirement declaration after being "worn out" by Real Madrid job


Zinedine Zidane insists his coaching career will be shorter than his playing one after becoming “worn out” by the Real Madrid job.

The Frenchman is in his second spell as Los Blancos boss having won three successive Champions League crownd between 2016 and 2018.

Having enjoyed a stellar eight years as a player at the Bernabeu, he hung up his boots in 2006 before returning in 2014 to coach the club’s B team.

He then graduated into the top job two years later and picked up the 2016-17 La Liga title as well as his success on the continent.

Zidane returned in March last year and has led Real to a two-point lead over Clasico rivals Barcelona in the title race with six games remaining.

Zidane has opened up on his retirement plans

But he insists the stresses and strains of the role are taking their toll.

Before Real’s 1-0 victory over Espanyol on Sunday, Zidane said: “I won’t coach for 20 years. I’ll retire before that.

“I’m an unusual coach, anything could happen. I’m not planning anything. It’s the day-to-day that excites me. For how long, I don’t know.

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“In my head I’ve always been a player. I played for 18 or 19 years, and after that when people asked me if I’d be a coach, I said no.

“Then I decided to become one. This really wears you out. It won’t be 20 years, that’s for sure.”





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