"Madrid has given everything to me and I will be close to this club for the rest of my life", Zidane, a former Real player, said.
Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev on Saturday, making Zidane the first coach in history to win three successive Champions League titles. How can I ask more from the players?
As a player, Zidane was in two consecutive Champions League finals with Juventus, losing both times, including to Madrid in 1998. I understand, and what I can do is thank the fans not only as a coach but as a player they have always supported me.
'I have to thank the supporters too.
Speculation quickly turned to who will succeed him at the Santiago Bernabeu, with World Cup-winning Germany coach Low among those touted as potential replacements.
On Thursday, he said he was quitting the Spanish giants in an announcement that seemed to have even taken the club's president Florentino Perez by surprise.
"I know it won't be easy - managing a football team never is - but I'm here to work hard".
Madrid's third-place LaLiga finish is likely the major factor in Zidane's departure, as Los Blancos ended the season 17 points adrift of bitter rivals and champions Barcelona.
The precise reason for the decision is not yet known, although Zizou suggested the dressing room needed a different voice after two and a half years of his stewardship.
On top of the Champions League triumph, Real won La Liga past year under Zidane.
"We say it, it was complicated this year in the league, these are moments that I don´t forget", he said. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and LaLiga double in 59 years.
It's hard to envision Klopp suddenly leaving his position at Liverpool in order to take up the new post in Spain, whereas Pochettino signed a new long-term contract with Tottenham last week.
At least as a coach, Zinedine Zidane is going out on top.