Zinedine Zidane revealed that he broke the news of his shock Real Madrid departure to captain Sergio Ramos first.
The French coach made the shocking announcement that he was leaving the club on Thursday, just a few days after guiding them to a third successive Champions League triumph by beating Liverpool in the final in Kiev.
And the former Galactico says that although he wasn’t able to tell all the squad of his decision personally, he made sure to seek out Ramos having “lived a lot together” over his time in charge.
“The squad already knows,” he said.
“I’ve not talked to them all individually but they all know.
“I’ve sent a message to all the squad and I’ve spoken to Sergio Ramos.
As always as a person and captain, we have lived a lot together, he respects my decision. He wished me luck.
“He is a leader, a captain and it has been a pleasure to share three more years with him.”
Ramos responded on Twitter, writing: “As a player and coach you decided to say goodbye at the top.
“Thank you for two and a half incredible years. Your legacy will never be erased, one of the most successful chapters in the history of our beloved Real Madrid.”