Expert Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has revealed the secret behind Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s resignation.

Balague has claimed that the unresolved futures of great players Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are the main cause of Zidane’s resignation.

The Sky Sports pundit has added that Bale and Ronaldo’s comments on their future following Madrid’s victory in the Champions League final could have taken into account by the club.

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“Cristiano Ronaldo instead of celebrating with his teammates decided to talk about his future, and there were doubts about the future of Gareth Bale,” Balague said. “This will have a big influence on Bale, the disappearance of Zidane.”

“All in all, he felt that the distance between players and manager, the authority of the manager, had been hurt. That is why he had to leave.”

“It has caught everyone by surprise. Zidane told the president yesterday and told the players in a message today. He has spoken to Sergio Ramos, and intends to talk to the other captains in the next few hours. He felt he had to speak to one of the other leaders.”

“I don’t think he will retire as a coach – he has aspirations to coach the France national team at some point.”

Zidane, who took over at Santiago Bernabeu in 2016 from Real Madrid Castilla, has announced his surprise departure in a press conference on Thursday.

The 45-year-old French manager is the only football coach to have won three consecutive Champions League trophies in the history.

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