Real Madrid: Manager Zinedine Zidane steps down from role

Zinedine Zidane won two La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues as Real Madrid boss

Real Madrid have confirmed that Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as head coach for the second time.

The Frenchman has brought his second spell in charge of the La Liga side to an end, he led them to two league titles and three Champions League triumphs since 2015.

Zidane informed club directors and the first-team squad of his decision on Wednesday and his exit was finalised a day later at Real’s Valdebebas training complex.

His departure comes after Los Merengues narrowly lost out on the league title to local rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend. Real Madrid finished in second place, just two points shy of Atletico and were knocked out of this years Champions League at the semi-final stage and they were also knocked out at the round of 32 in the Copa del Rey. This is the first time in 11 years that Real have gone without winning any silverware.

Atletico Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2014 at the weekend, leapfrogging Real on the final day

Away from the playing area, Real were one of the key components behind the failed Super League breakaway with the club president, Florentino Perez, repeatedly defending the plan and involved in a war of words with Uefa, which shows no sign of slowing.

In an official statement the club said: “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.”

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