Real Madrid have announced that Zinedine Zidane has decided to leave his role as head coach with immediate effect.
The Frenchman brings an end to his second stint in charge of Los Blancos after returning to the job in March 2019.
“It’s time to respect his decision and show him our thanks for his professionalism, dedication and passion over the years, which is what his figure represents at Real Madrid,” the club’s statement read.
“Zidane is one of Real Madrid’s great icons and his legend goes further than what he’s done as a coach and player of this club.
“He knows that he’s in the hearts of Real Madrid fans and that Real Madrid is and will always be his home.”
Zidane returned for his second spell in charge of Real Madrid on March 11, 2019 – 284 days after resigning as boss after his third Champions League triumph as coach.
Since returning, the former midfielder has guided Los Blancos to a LaLiga Santander title and a Supercopa de Espana victory.
However, after a difficult season which has ended without silverware at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Zidane has decided to step aside.
After Real Madrid fell to Athletic Club in the Supercopa de Espana and Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, Zidane came out and asked for respect to be shown towards him amid speculation about him leaving the club in January.
Los Blancos managed to turn their season around, taking the title race to the final day in LaLiga Santander and reaching the last four of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Chelsea.
This summer, Zidane leaves after taking charge of 263 matches across two spells as Real Madrid boss (149 in the first and 114 in the second).
He’s won 11 trophies, including three Champions Leagues, two league titles, two UEFA Super Cups, two Supercopas de Espana and two Club World Cups.Marca