Zinedine Zidane has made an unprecedented decision to step down as Real Madrid manager after a successful two and half years campaign.
The 45-year-old Frenchman confirmed his shocking exit in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“I’ve taken the decision to not continue next year as Real Madrid coach.
“This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself.
“This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working.
“The decision maybe does not make sense to many people, but it does to me. This is the moment to make a change, also for the players, after three years it is the right decision,” he said.
The three-time Champions League winning coach who played as a midfielder for five years for the Spanish club, is understood to be under contract with Real Madrid until 2020.
Zidane’s honours at Real Madrid includes La Liga: 2016-17, Supercopa de Espana: 2017, UEFA Champions League (3): 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, UEFA Super Cup (2): 2016, 2017 and FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2016, 2017.