Zinedine Zidane has decided to leave Real Madrid with immediate effect,
Zidane, 48, returned for his second spell in charge at the Bernabeu in March 2019.
Real Madrid paid tribute to the Frenchman with a heartfelt statement that read:
“Real Madrid CF announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current stage
as coach of our club.
“It is now time to respect his decision and show him our appreciation for his
professionalism, dedication, and passion in all these years, and for what his figure
represents for Real Madrid.
“Zidane is one of the great myths of Real Madrid and his legend goes beyond what he
has been as a coach and player of our club.
“He knows that he is at the heart of Real Madrid and that Real Madrid is and will always
be his home.”
Real Madrid have endured a difficult campaign, finishing second behind rivals Atletico
in the LaLiga title race.
Real suffered a shock early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of third-tier Alcoyano.
And in Europe, Zidane’s side was dumped out comprehensively by Chelsea
at the semi-finals stage.
The Frenchman won 11 trophies in his two spells as Real manager, including two La Liga
title and three Champions League triumphs.
Real Madrid will now be searching for Zidane’s replacement.
Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with the role in the past, while Antonio Conte could
be a contender after leaving his role at Inter Milan earlier on Wednesday.