MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has reportedly resigned as Real Madrid manager with immediate effect, just days after the Spanish club lost to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race.
The Frenchman left Madrid after a disappointing campaign with the 13-time European champions, who also lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals and failed to win the trophy for the first time in 11 seasons.
10 days ago, Zidane, whose contract remains until 2022, denied media speculation that reported he told players about his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.
“How am I going to tell my players I’m going now? It’s a lie.
“I’m focused on this season. There’s still one game left and we’ll give it our all. I’ll just think about what happened in this last game,” Zidane said after the 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
However Zidane seemed to signal when he said: “The rest we will see at the end of the season.”
The 1988 World Cup winner began managing Real in January 2016 and led the team to a 2017 La Liga title and a Champions League hat-trick before resigning on 31 May 2018.
He returned to lead the team in 2019, winning his second La Liga title in 2020 and the Spanish Super Cup.