Atletico Madrid coach Luis Aragones believes his decision to quit was made in the best interests of the Spanish club.

Aragones, who will stand down at the end of the season, made his decision public after news pof his departure was leaked.

“I handed in my resignation because I believed it was the best time for the players and for everyone involved at the club,” the 64-year-old told a news conference on Friday.

“My cycle at Atletico Madrid has come to an end and I say that because I have accomplished all my objectives,” he said.

“I could have sat it out and got paid, but I have made the decision to leave and that’s it.”

He took over at Atletico for the fifth time two years ago, leading the club back to the top flight in his first season in charge.

Like many ofhis predecessors, Aragones has endured aa fraught relationship with controversial club president Jesus Gil, but he denied that his dealings with Gil, had influenced his decision to quit.

“It has been a carefully thought out decision,” he said.

“I leave without any bad feeling or resentment and now my only desire is to see Atletico finish the season as high as possible in the table.”