Gareth Bale says he is not in touch with ex-Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane since scoring a brace in 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.
According to a Daily Mail report citing FourFourTwo, the former Tottenham star joined proceedings from the sub’s bench, but ended up scoring one of the best goal of the Champions League final before completing his brace in the closing minutes.
However, the Welshman has not spoken with Zidane, since the Los Blancos claimed a third consecutive Champions League title.
“He didn’t talk to me about it – I still haven’t spoken to him since,” Bale opened up while speaking with FourFourTwo.
“Our relationship was good. I wouldn’t say we were best mates, it was just a normal professional relationship.”
At the last count, Bale was always seen as the sacrificial lamb to sit on the bench, while the Zidane’s anointed pair of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema do the business on the pitch.
Interestingly, the decision left the 29-year-old Bale furious, but had to respect the manager’s decision to sit on the bench despite his form.
“I was desperate to get onto that pitch,” he explained.
“When I ran on I was still a bit angry, and that’s probably why I did what I did next.
“I’ve watched the goal back a couple of times. I didn’t feel like I had a point to prove – I wanted to do it for myself and the team,” Bale summed up.
Zidane was later replaced by Julen Lopetegui after throwing in the towel only to be succeeded by Santiago Solari in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign.
A failure to win the Champions League after signing Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have cost the coach his job
Juventus have announced that head coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The Italian boss’ future has been in question since being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with the Italian champions having been firmly among the favourites to lift the crown.
Indeed, two finals have been reached during Allegri’s five-year spell at the club and the arrival or Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer was seen as the final piece of the puzzle required for the Old Lady to go all the way.
Having failed to do so, the Bianconeri and the 51-year-old are set to part ways in the summer. A statement on the club’s website reads:
“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019-2020 season.
“The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at a press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 2pm (CET) in the conference hall of the Allianz Stadium.”
No statements have been made by either party as to where Allegri – who has won five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles during his time in Turin – will end up next season.
Chelsea could be an option for the Italian, with Maurizio Sarri’s future up in the air following an inconsistent season, while Bayern Munich could also be interested as they look set to part ways with Niko Kovac in the summer.
As for who will take over from Allegri, Antonio Conte’s recent admission that there is a 60 per cent chance he would return to coach in the Italian top flight next term could put him in the frame, though the former Italy boss has also been linked with Roma and Inter.
Jose Mourinho is also out of work since being released by Manchester United last year, and the Portuguese trainer has said that he will only return to coaching if the right club with the right ambitions becomes available.
In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Mourinho was asked about the possibility of taking over at Paris Saint-Germain after stating that he knew the reasons behind their European exit at the hands of United, but would not comment due to Thomas Tuchel already being at the club.
Still, the Portuguese’s close relationship with sporting director Antero Henrique and excellent track record in the Champions League continues to see rumours of a move to the Parc des Princes dugout swirl.