The Star Late Edition

Zidane ready to leave Real


REAL Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has told his players he will leave the La Liga club at the end of the season, Spanish media reported late on Saturday.

Radio station Onda Cero said 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.

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 Uefa Champions League semi-final.

When asked earlier on Saturday whether he would remain in charge next season, Zidane did not give any guarantees.

“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 tie against Athletic Bilbao yesterday.

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.

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