Zinedine Zidane's second stint at the helm of Real Madrid did not prove to be as successful as his first, with the Frenchman stepping down from his duties as Los Blancos boss, just over two years since he returned in March 2019.
His first period in charge brought incredible success, including three consecutive Champions League titles, but there would be no such luck second time around, though he did guide Real Madrid to the La Liga title last year.
Zidane has now penned an open letter shedding light on the reasons as to why he felt he had to leave the club again, accusing those above him in the Real hierarchy of "deliberately leaking" harmful stories to the media to disrupt the squad's harmony.
The 1998 Balon D'or winner wrote: "I want there to be respect for what we have achieved together. I would have liked my relationship with the club and the president over the past few months to have been a little different to that of other coaches."
He continued: "That’s why it hurt me so much when I read in the press, after a defeat, that I would be sacked if I didn’t win the next game. It hurt me and the whole team because these deliberately leaked messages to the media negatively influenced the squad, they created doubts and misunderstandings."
Zidane did go on to concede that he was all too aware that on-pitch matters were below the incredibly high standard Real Madrid hold, explaining: "I understand football and I know the demands of a club like Real Madrid. I know when you don't win, you have to leave.
"I'm a natural-born winner and I was here to win trophies, but even more important than this are the people, their feelings, life itself and I have the sensation these things have not been taken into account.
"There has been a failure to understand that these things also keep the dynamics of a great club going. To some extent I have even been rebuked for it."
The former Real Madrid midfielder did take the opportunity to end on an upbeat note, writing that his 20 years at the Bernabeu were "the most beautiful thing that's happened" in his life and how he would "always be grateful" to Real president Florentino Perez.
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