Zinedine Zidane has decided to resign as Real Madrid coach, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
The decision was made on Wednesday morning, sources said, after Zidane had asked the club for a few days to consider his future, reports the media.
On Wednesday, he confirmed the move to Madrid’s board, and then the squad.
Real beat Villarreal 2-1 in their final game of the La Liga season on Saturday, but that wasn’t enough to overtake rivals Atletico Madrid, who secured a dramatic 2-1 comeback win at Real Valladolid to clinch the trophy.
Speaking after that match, Zidane said he was “p***ed off” at failing to retain the title and would hold talks with the club “in the next few days” to determine the way forward.
ESPN reported last week that Real wanted Zidane to see out his contract until 2022 but were already making plans for his departure, with Massimiliano Allegri and club legend Raul being considered as replacements.