Late night 'revelation' ended Zidane's French leave

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The 33-year-old Real Madrid star originally quit international football in July 2004 following France's disappointing European Championship campaign.

However, Zidane explained how a curious experience persuaded him to reverse his decision. "I would not want people to talk too much about it in case it gets badly interpreted, but what is happening to me is mystical and out of my control," Zidane said.

"This is irrational and that's why I am the only person to be able to truly feel it. One night, at 3am, I suddenly woke and I then spoke with someone. But no-one knows it. Neither my wife nor anyone else.

"Until I die I will never tell [who that person was], this is just too crazy. This is someone you will probably never meet. During the hours that followed I was on my own with that person, at home, and I took the decision to come back. I had never experienced that before. It was a revelation for me, I had to obey that voice."

lDavid Beckham will sit down with Real Madrid before the end of the year to begin talks on a new contract. The England captain's spokesman Simon Oliveira said Beckham wanted to end his career with the Spanish club and Real had also shown a keenness to extend his deal. Oliveira said: "David has expressed his desire to finish his career at Real Madrid."