After weeks of speculations it was announced today that head coach Zinedine Zidane will leave Real Madrid at the end of the 2020/21 season, a year earlier than his contract which ran until summer 2022.
Real Madrid in a statement said:
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.
The 48 year old Frenchman played for Real Madrid from 2001 to 2006 and amongst other things won the 2002 UEFA Champions League by scoring an exceptional goal against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Glasgow.
Zidane coached the reserve side of Real Madrid Castilla from 2014 until being appointed as head coach of the senior team on January 4, 2016. He went on to win three back to back UEFA Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018. He left in the summer of 2018 to return on March 11, 2019 after a series of poor results.
Real Madrid won the 2019/20 LaLiga title but in the just concluded campaign, finished behind city rivals Atletico Madrid while also being unable to regain the UEFA Champions League trophy.