Spanish media are reporting that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane informed the players about his exit at the end of the season.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has told his players he will leave the La Liga club at the end of the season.
Zidane informed the players about his decision before last weekend's 2-2 La Liga draw at home with Sevilla where Real missed the chance to top the table, Spanish radio station Onda Cero reported on Saturday.
Newspaper Marca said he addressed the team on May 8, a day before that game.
Real were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier Alcoyano in January and were defeated comfortably by Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final.
They trail La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid by two points with two games left and have an outside chance of retaining the title.
When asked earlier on Saturday whether he would remain in charge next season, Zidane did not give any guarantees.
Zinedine Zidane: “I don't know what will happen. I'm here, tomorrow we play. The rest... anything can happen, it's Real Madrid”. ⚪️ #Real— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 15, 2021
He will announce his decision at the end of the season. ⏳
Three names shortlist [only in case he leaves] - Allegri, one of the options. 📑 https://t.co/hKxrORQU9S
"I don't know what'll happen. I'm here, we're playing tomorrow and next week but I don't know what happens after that because this is Real Madrid," he told a news conference ahead of the team's next tie against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Zidane left the club in 2018 just after winning a third consecutive Champions League crown, only to return 10 months later. He also quit the club as a player in 2006 when he retired from playing.
Real host Villarreal on May 23 in the final game of the La Liga season.