Head coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has resigned from his position at the club just days after leading his club to victory in the Champions League.
The Frenchman called an unexpected press conference on Thursday afternoon to reveal that he will be leaving after two-and-a-half years in charge.
The 45-year-old revealed that he feels this is the right time to go despite being a legend as both a player and a manager.
Real’s 3-1 win against Liverpool on Saturday was his third Champions League victory in two years at the helm of the Spanish club.
Appearing alongside Real president Florentino Perez, Zidane said: ‘I have taken the decision to not continue going into the next season. For me and for everybody, I think the moment to change has arrived. It was not an easy decision.’
Zidane told club president Florentino Perez of his plans on Wednesday as he believes the team needs a change.
‘I love this club, I love the president,’ he said. ‘He gave me the opportunity to come as a player and now manager and I am eternally grateful.’
‘But we have to change.’
The club’s president said Zidane’s departure was “unexpected”.
The coach leaves after 149 games with 104 wins and 9 trophies in his cabinet