Zinedine Zidane has decided to leave his position as the Real Madrid manager, the club announced on Thursday.
This is the second time in three years that Zidane has walked from his position as the Real Madrid head coach, with the first being just after he guided the team to a third consecutive Champions League title in 2018.
He was back in the job less than a year later as the club announced him as the Real Madrid for the second time in March 2019, replacing Santiago Solari.
Under the tutelage of Zidane, Real Madrid won the La Liga and Supercopa de Espana titles in the 2019/20 season, but the Los Blancos endured a trophyless campaign in the 20/21 season.
Earlier reports had suggested Zidane would step down as the Real Madrid manager after the 20/21 season, and the club confirmed the development on Thursday. "Real Madrid C. F. announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to bring an end to his current spell as head coach of our club," the club said in a statement released on their official website.
"We must now respect his decision and express our gratitude for his professionalism, dedication and passion over the years and what he means to Real Madrid.
"Zidane is one of Real Madrid’s great icons and his legacy extends beyond what he has achieved as a coach and player at our club.
"He is aware that he has a place in the hearts of the Real Madrid fans and that he will always have a home at Real Madrid."
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