Zidane announces Real exit
Posted: 31 May 2018 Time: 13:00
Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid head coach after winning nine titles in two-and-a-half seasons in his first senior management role.
Zidane, 45, was appointed as Real head coach in January 2016 as the successor to Rafael Benitez and has since led the club to numerous honours, including three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles and the 2016/17 LaLiga crown.
While the future of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of speculation, the exit of Zidane comes as a major shock given the playing legend's record-breaking exploits in the dugout.
"The squad already knows. I've not talked to them all individually but they all know, by message, yes," he said in a press conference. "I spoke with the captains and with Sergio Ramos.
"It can be a 'see you later', Madrid has given me everything, I will be close to this club all my life. But the decision, for many, doesn’t make sense. But it does to me.
"It is the moment to make a change. I think it is the right decision for everyone. I have to thank the fans for all their support and love.
"We have had complicated moments of the season when you are not at your best, the fans push you and that made us better."