Real Madrid Transfer News: Zinedine Zidane admits he's a fan of Paul Pogba
The 23-year-old is reportedly close to a move to Manchester United but the Real Madrid manager is possibly hinting at something.
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, admits that he's a fan of Juventus star and compatriot Paul Pogba. The 23-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with moves to Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent weeks but while the hierarchy at United continue to dodge the topic, Zidane is more open about his admiration for the Frenchman.
Zidane – who is with his Real Madrid squad in Canada – was speaking about the quality of the squad he has at his disposal and his interest in Pogba. “I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it,” he said.
“Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.
“There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything. We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment.”
Real Madrid have signed only one player this summer in Alvaro Morata. The 23-year-old was brought back to the Santiago Bernabeu after spending two years besides target Pogba at Juventus in the Serie A. The Spanish giants exercised their buy-back clause and manager Zidane is thrilled that the striker could join back the squad and provide competition to Frenchman Karim Benzema.
“He is another member of this team. He’s back and I’m happy to have him,” Zidane said when asked about Morata’s future. “He is an academy product and truthfully we are, and me above all, happy to have him with us. Later we’ll see...
“We have a large squad and all the players will be important. Álvaro will be one more of the team.”
Morata is linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all interested in the Spaniard's services. Reports emerged earlier this month that the clubs were to bid in the region of €50 million to get Real Madrid to even consider letting their youth product leave.