"I spoke to him (Real president Florentino Perez) to explain a little what I was thinking at the moment. After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision".
# In his two and a half years at Madrid, he has won one La Liga title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
Speculation about Zidane's long-term future persists and it appears that uncertainty might be addressed as, on Thursday morning, the club posted a website statement which said the boss would speak to the media at 1pm local time (12pm BST). I wanted him to stay forever and I wanted to convince him to stay.
It does not seem as though Zidane was exhausted by the task of managing a high-profile club like Real Madrid.
"We always want more from the players, and a moment comes when I can not ask them for more", he said.
Carlo Ancelotti - who led Real Madrid to a tenth Champions League title in 2014 - has recently been appointed as Napoli coach. "We have always liked the Frenchman and we talked a lot with him", Perez told L'Equipe back in 2009.
From Almudena Cathedral to Plaza de Cibeles, watch Real Madrid make their way around the Spanish capital after their latest UCL triumph.
"I will be close to this club for the rest of my life". I'm not looking for another team.
Luis Enrique did similar after his hugely successful three years in charge at Camp Nou between 2014-17.
He lifted nine titles during his stint at the club, among them three successuive Champions League trophies.
"But he did it so well and I think he's nearly surprised himself, so he went "this is it, this is finished..."
Less than a week ago, Zidane was at the helm of affairs at the Real Madrid Club, he also helped them lift the coveted Champions League crown by defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the finals.
The 45-year-old reiterated his immeasurable love for the club and thanked the management for offering him an opportunity to come as a player and a manager in different seasons.