Pochettino is now in Barcelona on holiday and is to present his book on Friday in the city.
"This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit unusual, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself", he reportedly told members of the press. "The only thing I want to say is hasta pronto [see you soon] because I know he will return, maybe after a rest". "I think the players need a change but I should thank them because at the end of the day it's them that fight out there and this is a club of very high expectations".
"I just think after three years I feel it's the right time".
"But I know it was his final decision".
"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another way of working and that's why I took this decision", he said. Perez also didn't talk much about the club's search for a new coach, although several names are being talked about in local media, including Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Joachim Loew and Arsene Wenger.
After retiring from a glittering football career with Real, Juventus and Bordeaux in 2006, Zidane took over the Real Madrid B team in 2014, before replacing Rafael Benitez as first team coach in January 2016.
"It could be a "see you soon", because Madrid has given me everything and I'll be linked to this club my entire life", Zidane said. "I didn't speak to them personally, they found out through a message".
"Being a coach is extremely tiring - more so at a club like Real Madrid, When I feel there is nothing more to give, I'll walk away", he added.