Zinedine Zidane criticized Real Madrid and Florentino Perez in an open letter days after stepping down as manager.

"I'm leaving, but I'm not abandoning ship and I'm not tired of coaching," Zidane said. "In May 2018 I left because after two-and-a-half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt that the team needed something new to stay on top. Today things are different. I'm leaving because I feel the club is no longer giving me the trust I need, it isn't offering me the support to build something medium-to-long-term.

"I know the demands at a club like Madrid, I know that when you don't win you have to go. But a very important thing has been forgotten here ... I'm a born winner and I was here to win trophies, but beyond that are human beings, emotions, life, and I have the feeling that these things haven't been valued."

Zidane won three consecutive Champions League titles from 2016 to 2018, resigned, and then returned 10 months later.