Members of Real Madrid squad are angry over the sudden exit of manager Zinedine Zidane and have blamed Manchester United’s interest in Gareth Bale for the Frenchman’s surprising departure.
The Frenchman recently called a Real Madrid press conference when he announced he would be quitting the Santiago Bernabeu after two-and-a-half successful years.
Real Madrid now faces a huge summer ahead, with key players such as Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo on the radar of Manchester United.
According to Express Sport UK, Manchester United’s priority is Bale, who spoke about a possible exit from the club, after their Champions League win over Liverpool last week.
He had said, “Obviously I need to play.
“That hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I was injured for five or six games and I’ve been fit ever since.
“I’ll have to sit down in the summer, discuss it with my agent and take it from there.”
Spanish outlet, Diario Gol reported on Friday that Real Madrid players blame Bale and Premier League giants, Manchester United for Zidane’s exit.
United’s interest has complicated matters with the Wales international now open to a move.
The report suggested that the Real squad feel Zidane was under pressure to pick Bale.
Florentino Perez is known to back Bale despite injuries regularly hampering his contribution.
Yet, Real players believe that Bale’s decision to flirt with an exit was behind Zidane’s own departure.
The 28-year-old Gareth Bale was often frozen out of the Real starting XI this season under Zidane – appearing in just 26 La Liga matches.
And after being dropped to the bench for the Champions League final against Liverpool, the Welsh winger hinted he could leave the club.
He has been strongly linked with a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United reportedly leading the race to sign him.
Former Real Madrid manager Zidane would have expected to still be basking in the glow of a third-consecutive Champions League triumph this week.
Instead, it has been marred by star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale casting doubts over their futures at the club.
He said the uncertainty displayed a distance between players and manager, which Zidane felt would crush his chances of success next season.
“Cristiano Ronaldo instead of celebrating with his team mates decided to talk about his future, and there were doubts about the future of Gareth Bale,” Balague said.
“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, situations 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.
Zidane himself said: “There were some nice moments and there were some harder moments. We finished with a spectacular moment. I think the players need a change.
“If I don’t think clearly that we are going to keep winning then it is best to leave rather than continue with silly things.”
Zidane added that he left with the respect of all the players, although he only spoke face-to-face with his captain Sergio Ramos.