Reports: The Truth Behind Zidane's Real Madrid Exit
Reports: The Truth Behind Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid Exit
Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid at the end of last month insisting that the club needed a change, but the truth as to why he stepped down has reportedly been revealed. Did the Frenchman, in fact, leave Los Blancos due to a big fallout?
The manager surprised many when he announced in May that he would not be continuing as Real boss next season, following the club's success in winning a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title.
Although it was initially suggested that the decision was entirely Zidane's, it has since been reported that the former France international was initially invited to step down due to a conflict with the board.
According to Sport, the Frenchman had a fallout with club president Florentino Perez and general director Jose Angel Sanchez after approaching them about changing things up next season.
Zidane reportedly did not want certain players to be in the squad for the 2018/19 campaign, having lost faith in several of the team's fringe players in their embarrassing Copa del Rey exit to Leganes.
It has been claimed the Frenchman wanted to improve the side heavily ahead of next season, which led to him clashing with the board. While Zidane had certain ideas about who he wanted to bring into the club, Perez and the board had their own plan.
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo also surprised Zidane with their comments about their possible exits following the Champions League final, which also reportedly resulted in him walking away.
Zidane won nine trophies in two years at Real, including three Champions Leagues and one LaLiga title.
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