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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Zinedine Zidane has his feet up after quitting as Real Madrid manager

Frenchman decided to leave at top and that it was time for change for himself and club

Zinedine Zidane said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real Madrid. Eric Feferberg / AFP
Zinedine Zidane said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real Madrid. Eric Feferberg / AFP

Zinedine Zidane said on Monday he was happy to have some time off after stepping down as Real Madrid manager just days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Uefa Champions League trophy.

"I've got my feet up and am feeling good," Zidane told AFP at the inauguration of a playground in Saint Denis, the north Parisian suburb that is home to the Stade de France where he starred for the French team that won the 1998 World Cup.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Zidane, 45, added. "The most important thing is the decision I've taken, the rest we'll see."

Zidane, who scored twice in the 3-0 final victory over Brazil in 1998, was talking on the eve of a gala match pitching the World Cup-winning French team, minus then-captain Didier Deschamps who is now in Russia with the France team, against an international XI to mark the 20th anniversary of France's win.

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Zidane quit Madrid on May 31, saying he had decided to leave at the top and that it was time for a change for himself and the club, as well as conceding he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at Madrid.

But he said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team managerial job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.