Manchester United boost? ‘I like Paul Pogba – he’s very good – but we have a large squad already’, says Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane

19 Jul

Zinedine Zidane admits he is a big fan of compatriot Paul Pogba, but the Real Madrid boss cast doubt on a summer move when he insisted his own squad is ‘difficult to improve’.

The France midfielder has been linked with a big-money move away from Juventus, with a return to former club Manchester United reported to be in the pipeline as Jose Mourinho looks to further bolster the team.

The European champions, meanwhile, are also long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, who left Old Trafford in July 2012 after rejecting a new contract offer.

Madrid are currently at a pre-season training camp in Canada ahead of the International Champions Cup game against Paris Saint-Germain, and Zidane wants everyone’s focus on the job in hand rather than who could yet come into the club over the closing weeks of the summer transfer window.

“I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it,” Zidane acknowledged at a press conference.

“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.”


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