Paul Pogba has said playing under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid would be “a dream for anyone” but insists he is happy at Manchester United.
The Frenchman was linked with Madrid before he re-joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016.
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- Pogba endured a difficult time at the beginning of the season under Jose Mourinho, with whom he had had a fractious relationship.
- Finding himself in and out of the team, Pogba was linked with his former club Juventus.
- But the midfielder’s form has drastically improved since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Mourinho in December.
- Pogba’s contract doesn’t expire until the end of the 2020/21 season.
- Real Madrid are reportedly looking to refresh their squad this summer, but the length of Pogba’s deal means United are under no pressure to sell.
Pogba, who won the World Cup with France last summer, was asked about Real Madrid during a press conference ahead of this week’s international fixtures.
And the 26-year-old refused to hide his admiration for the European champions.
“Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Pogba said, according to Goal.
“There is also Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football.
“For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”
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Upon Pogba’s return to Old Trafford, Mourinho admitted he had to convince Pogba to join United over another suitor, thought to be Real Madrid.
Zidane later confirmed Madrid held talks with Pogba but a deal failed to materialise, and Pogba himself claimed he could have signed for Madrid or Barcelona instead of United.
Man Utd fans respond to Pogba comments
It is impossible not to be impressed by Pogba’s numbers this season, particularly considering he was deemed to have had a troubled start to the campaign.
Pogba has now scored 14 goals and provided 11 assists in 37 games across all competitions, far more than Madrid’s current first-choice central midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who have five goals and 11 assists between them.
As a result, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Real Madrid target Pogba, and United fans aren’t particularly pleased with the midfielder’s latest comments.
— jai (@jaiutd) March 20, 2019
Yeah this is not good at all to be honest…
— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) March 20, 2019
He doesn't help himself sometimes does he
— Harry (@HarryMufc97) March 20, 2019
— ° (@Pogbits) March 20, 2019
I’m gettin slyly sick of pogba we spent so long defending him just for him to play like a bum and do up 😍🥰🤲🏾😩 at Real Madrid
— Ole (@MisterMUFC) March 20, 2019
Pogba: “I have always said that Real Madrid is a dream for every player, even more so now that Zidane is there. But now I'm happy in Manchester, with a new coach. Right now, I am happy where I am, but we do not know what the future is made of.” pic.twitter.com/RmF5pqVOHk
— ¹⁰⚡ (@Rashford101) March 20, 2019