Zinedine Zidane shocked the football fraternity on Thursday, when he announced he would be stepping down as Real Madrid manager, and LaLiga expert Guillem Balague thinks he knows why the tactician resigned.
The Frenchman made his decision just days after he guided Los Blancos to a third successive UEFA Champions League crown, becoming the first manager in history to do so.
After the final in Kyiv, two of the Spanish side's biggest stars, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, cast doubt on their futures, and according to Balague, these actions had a lot to do with Zidane's exit.
"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, as quoted by the Daily Star.
"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. He senses that the players need something new, they need a new voice.
"To actually manage the situations that are coming up now, cases like Ronaldo and Bale, these players have been complaining.
"Zidane probably feels that 'if the players do not want to talk to me, they are not listening to me, I am not the one to take all that on board and change the dynamics'.
"He feels it is up to someone else to come in and deal with it."
It is not clear what is next for Zidane, but he has already been linked with a possible move to the Premier League, as well as the French national team.
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