"We must thank him for his care and passion for Real Madrid over these years".
"You can't help but admire what he has done", France manager Didier Deschamps, who won the World Cup as a player alongside Zidane in 1998, told France's TF1 after the Kiev triumph. "So Zidane did the right thing, now he's not subject to anyone".
The 52-year-old won a whopping 11 domestic trophies in three seasons at the French giants - including three league titles - but ultimately paid the price for the club's "failings" in Europe. "You think yeah - but you are not me". We will see each other soon, a hug'. "But everything changes and that's why I've taken the decision to leave".
The Frenchman was already a legend with his performances as a player during his time at Real Madrid.
He said the club can "take a lot out of you" even when you have been successful like Zidane.
There have been tough times, in the Copa del Rey notably, and I don't forget those.
In coaching terms Klopp's CV stands up to scrutiny: tactics, man management and unfettered enthusiasm for the game and his players are among his biggest attributes.
Pochettino, who joined Spurs in 2014, said: "I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together".
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"I had an injury five, six weeks into the season but I've been fit ever since", said Bale, who scored 21 goals in 39 appearances this campaign.
"I've learned a lot as a player and a person from you, I wish you the best".
Zidane suggested that leaving in this way would ensure his relationships with everyone at the club remained solid, and he could one day return.
"I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that", Pochettino said from a book launch in Barcelona.
"I will be close to this club for the rest of my life".
I know many people here, and that relationship will not change, not with the president either. But it is the moment to [leave] now. "It's one of the teams I loved when I was a kid".
But the former Argentina defender has been installed as the bookies' favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, and has conceded it would be hard to ignore overtures from the 13-time European club champions.