'He May Take a Break': Zinedine Zidane May Be Set For Real Madrid Exit

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has suggested Zinedine Zidane could leave the club at the end of the season as he may be in need of a break.

Ramos played a key role in keeping Neymar and his Paris Saint-Germain teammates at bay on Wednesday (February 14) when Real beat the French side 3-1 at the Bernabeu stadium.

Despite Real's poor form in the league, Zidane's team, the Champions League holders, have a strong advantage ahead of the last-16 second leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6.

"Perhaps he will win it again and then fancy going off for a break. That's a possibility," Ramos said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"Everyone takes for granted that if he wins it he will stay but he might want to take a rest."

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain, February 14. Zidane may be set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty

Zidane has led Real to successive Champions League titles, the first manager and team to successfully defend the most coveted trophy in European football.

The Frenchman, who was an assistant to Rafael Benitez before taking over, has won eight trophies since he took the reins at the Bernabeu in January 2016.

German midfielder Toni Kroos said his coach's record deserved more respect after recent criticism of Zidane after Real dropped to fourth in the Spanish La Liga.

"In a team like Real Madrid, arguments always arise when things are not going well," Kroos said, via Marca. "Zidane has won eight titles in two years, that's more than enough."

"We have gone through a difficult phase, but in recent weeks we have raised our level and I am confident that we will be very successful going forward," he said.

"This victory is very important because the Champions League is the only competition we can win right now.

"Although I didn't feel all of the pressure was on us because we won the last two. We are Real Madrid, so it's always there."

Real are 17 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona and 10 short of city rivals Atletico Madrid. Zidane's team travels to Real Betis on Sunday.