Hansi Flick has announced he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Speaking after Saturday's 3-2 win over Wolfsburg which keeps Bayern in pole position to retain their league crown, Flick has announced his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
"I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season," said Flick on Saturday.
"It was important to me that the team learn this from me, because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
"We've done a great job together for almost two years. I'm absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude."
He added: "I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
"This decision was not easy for me. I'm a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
"I'm eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here."
lick is widely expected to return to the German coaching set-up and replace Jogi Low after this summer's European Championship finals.
He was previously Low's right-hand man for over a decade, playing an integral part in Die Mannschaft's World Cup success in 2014.
However, he insists: "My future is not clear. It's all independent of the DFB. I just decided to take this step.
"Of course the DFB is an option that every coach has to consider."