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“I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, and doesn’t offer me the support to build something in the medium or long term,” the Frenchman wrote in the letter published in the sports daily AS.

The former ‘galactico’, a majestic playmaker who dazzled crowds at the Santiago Bernabeu and beyond, Zidane returned to Madrid for two spells as coach. Now his era is over, with Madrid stating on Thursday: “Real Madrid announces that Zinedine Zidane has decided to end his current spell as coach of our club.

The French boss – a three-time Champions League winner with Los Blancos – was in his second spell at the club having secured the La Liga title in last season’s restarted top flight

The Frenchman has remained tight-lipped on whether he will remain in charge of Los Blancos, although he was recently forced to deny reports claiming that he had told his players he was set to leave this summer.

The 28-year-old has already confirmed that he will be leaving the German giants at the end of the season, ending a 13-year stay at the Allianz Arena, which has included two Champions League triumphs.

Ramos has been nursing a calf injury since April 1, which led him to miss his side’s 3-1 defeat of Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final first leg and Saturday’s 2-1 victory over rivals Barcelona in La Liga.

Current Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is facing the chop after Sportsmail revealed this week the club are set for a major overhaul should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Diego Simeone’s side still hold a five point lead over their closest rivals, and a three-point lead over Barcelona, at the top of the table, but the difference would have been eight points had it not been for Benzema’s late goal.

The 48-year-old has been named by FFF President Noel Le Graet as the national team’s idea successor to Didier Deschamps, who has a contract with the World Cup holders until 2022.

The 34-year-old, who has seen serious speculation generated regarding his future at Santiago Bernabeu as his current contract runs down, will be unavailable to Zinedine Zidane for the foreseeable future.