MADRID, NNC -- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane finally decided to leave the European champions after winning three consecutive Champions League titles on Thursday (5/31/2018).
"I think it's time, both for me, the team and the club [to resign]. It's a strange moment to do, I know, but also [an important moment]. I have to do this for everyone," he said.
"This team should be victorious and need a change for this. After three years, this requires another voice, another working method, for which I make this decision."
Zidane became the first coach to win three successive Champions League titles when Real won 3-1 over Liverpool on Saturday, closing a remarkable period on his first job at senior club management level.
"I really love this club, president, who gives me everything, to play in this club. I will always be grateful. Today I need a change, for me, for everyone, for that I take this decision," added Zidane.
The Frenchman took the reins in a polarized dressing room after the dismissal of Rafael Benitez in January 2016, and immediately unified the squad.
Quoted from CalcioMercato, a final message was delivered by Zidane, he sent a very deep farewell message to all the players, staff and officials of Real Madrid.
"Thanks for everything, without your support in the worst moments nothing of what we did would have been possible. See you soon, a hug."
The message that Zidane sent through the WhatsApp messenger was first released by El partidazo radio program.
Zidane, earned the European hat trick success for the first time two years ago when Real beat city rival Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. Two years ago he led Real to mate the Champions League and Spanish League for the first time in 59 years.
Real finished the season with a three-point lead when they won their first league title since 2012, before destroying Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first team to defend the title in the elite competition with the current format.
Zidane won nine major awards as Real coach and the greatest glory came last Saturday when he joined the group of elite coaches, which included Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti by lifting the Champions League trophy for the third time as coach.