Zinedine Zidane sent an emotional WhatsApp message to inform his Real Madrid players he would be leaving his post as manager.
The 45-year-old spoke with club captain Sergio Ramos on the phone before notifying the rest of the squad about his decision.
He wrote: ‘Thanks for everything. Without your support in the worst moments nothing we did would have been possible. We will see each other soon, a hug.’
The Frenchman leaves the most trophy-laden period of the club’s modern history in his wake, having won nine trophies during his two-and-a-half year reign, including three consecutive Champions Leagues.
His decision, which was announced yesterday afternoon, came as a shock to the club’s president Florentino Perez, who admitted they had not yet had time to establish a potential successor, though Mauricio Pochettino has since emerged as a front-runner.
At the departure press conference, the former World Cup Winner said “This team must keep winning and needs a change,” said Zidane, who had met with the president the previous day. Florentino Perez has assured that it is “an unexpected decision”, and that for him it is “a sad day”, although he has emphasized that he wants to think it is a “see you later”, something that Zidane has not ruled out.
“You had to do this for everyone, I think this team should keep winning and need a change.” “I think that after three years he needs another speech, surely another methodology of work and that’s why I made this decision.” He continued