Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as manager of Real Madrid.
Zidane had won six major trophies since taking over the job in January of 2016, including three straight Champions Leagues.
The club’s president, Florentino Pérez, described it as a “sad day” and said the decision was “totally unexpected.”
Zidane had been due to discuss plans for the coming season.
“I would have liked to convince him [to stay] but I know how he is,” Pérez said at the start of the press conference.
“I have taken the decision not continue as coach of Real Madrid next year,” Zidane said. “I spoke to the president to explain what I thought. I think it is the moment, for me and for the squad. I know it is a bit of a strange moment but I think it is the right moment. This is a team that should keep on winning and it needs a change for that. After three years, it needs another discourse, another working methodology, and that’s why I took this decision.”
“There are complicated moments in the season when you ask: ‘Am I still the right person? I don’t forget the hard moments too. There are lovely moments and we ended with a spectacular moment but there are hard moments that make you reflect.”