Football: Zidane resigns as Real Madrid coach, according to reports, Football News & Top Stories
MADRID (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has resigned as manager of Real Madrid with immediate effect, according to media reports, just days after the Spanish football club were beaten to the La Liga title by Atletico Madrid.
The Frenchman’s announced departure comes at the end of a disappointing campaign for the 13-time European Champions, who also lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals despite failing to win a trophy for the first time in 11 seasons.
Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano announced what he called “exclusive” news in a tweet that was picked up by Spanish sports media, including Madrid sports dailies Marca and AS, and Cadena Ser radio station.
An official announcement of his departure, said Romano, would be made “in the next few hours / days”.
Just 10 days ago, Zidane, who has a contract until 2022, denied media speculation that he had already told his players he would leave at the end of the season.
“How am I going to tell my players I’m going now? It’s a lie,” he said after a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
“I’m focusing on this season. There’s one game left and we’re going to give it our all. I just care what happens in this final.”
But, perhaps revealing, he added: “The rest will be seen at the end of the season.”
If confirmed, it marks the end of Zidane’s second term at the helm of the Spanish giants.
The 1998 World Cup winner first took the helm in January 2016 and guided Real to the 2017 La Liga title and an unprecedented treble in Champions League titles before leaving abruptly on May 31. 2018.
He returned in 2019, winning a second La Liga crown in 2020 and the Spanish Super Cup.