Real Madrid have released Luis Figo, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

The 32-year-old Portuguese international fell out with coach Wanderley Luxemburgo near the end of the season after being relegated to the substitutes bench.

“The way they treated me when I was dropped wasn’t right. They didn’t tell me I wasn’t going to play. It really hurt my pride,” Figo told Marca.

The former World Player of the Year had a year left to run on his Real deal.

Real’s director of football Arrigo Sacchi had confirmed on Punto Radio that Figo’s future at the club was in the balance.

“I don’t know whether he will stay. He’s got a contract with us and I hope he stays because he could still be a great player for us and he is a great professional,” said Sacchi.

“But I think his future depends more on him than it does on us. If he continues to feel down about his situation then it won’t be good for him or for us.”

Figo joined Real from arch-rivals Barcelona for a then world record fee of £37m in 2000.