The night before Zidane announced his resignation at a press conference, sources say he and Real president Florentino Perez clashed over summer transfer plans.
Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss after guiding the club to a third consecutive Champions League title
Zidane is believed to have been keen on landing Chelsea ace Eden Hazard this summer
The Frenchman told Perez he wanted to sign Hazard from Chelsea but the president said no.
And when Perez told Zidane he wished to bring in long-term target De Gea from Manchester United, the manager insisted he had faith in current goalkeeper Keylor Navas .
The debate when back and forth and ended, it is claimed, with Zidane telling Perez: “I am done. You take care of the team.”
Claims that Perez does not want Hazard may be reassuring to Chelsea as they try to hang on to their best player.
Zidane didn’t believe Los Blancos needed to bring Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea to the Bernabeu.
But United may have to brace themselves for another summer of speculation about De Gea’s future.
Perez is famously hands-on when it comes to signing players at Real, instigating the first Galactico era of Zidane himself, Luis Figo , Ronaldo and David Beckham during his initial term as Real president.
In his second period in charge, he has overseen a second more successful Galactico policy. Bringing in Kaka did not pay dividends, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have helped Real win four of the last five Champions League titles.
Zidane may have thought that his achievement of winning three in a row entitled him to a bigger say in transfer business.