Roberto Carlos has confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires on 30 June.
The 33-year-old Brazil defender told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “It’s time for a change.”
He has discussed his situation with sporting director Predrag Mijatovic and president Ramon Calderon.
“I have told Pedja and the president that I am going,” he added. “I am not going to renew my contract.”
“I’ve got three or four more years of football and I want to play at the highest level.
“I don’t know if that’s in Brazil, in Qatar or where.
“I’m 33 years old and I don’t deserve more suffering.
“I’ve been at this club 11 years, in which in seven-and-a-half years we won many things, but we lose one game and all of the fault has landed on me. I don’t accept this.
“Given Wednesday’s game, I felt bad, and I spoke about it a lot and at this moment my sporting career at Real Madrid is finished
“It is a decision I made myself. I don’t want to cheat the Madrid supporters. It’s better to leave Madrid now and think a little bit more about my life.
“It’s a delicate moment of my life. It’s very sad.”