Zinedine Zidane confirms Real Madrid could have signed Paul Pogba

by Leo Nieboer

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Real Madrid could have signed Paul Pogba during the summer transfer window.

The Spanish side reportedly made an enquiry with regards to Pogba’s availability and considered launching a bid for the Frenchman.

However, after being told Pogba had promised himself to Manchester United instead, Madrid pulled out of the race to land the 23-year-old’s signature.

Zidane, speaking earlier this week, confirmed that discussions did occur, but admitted Madrid’s interest never went beyond that.

“It could have happened,” he said.

“There were conversations but it didn’t go ahead.”

With the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Isco and Mateo Kovacic all at Zidane’s disposal, Pogba would have been somewhat superfluous at Madrid. They may be a club hellbent on making big, political statements, but Madrid would never break the world transfer record on a player they didn’t need.

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, landed Pogba for good reason. He is not just another central midfielder; Pogba is the nucleus of the side, acting as the source and heartbeat of the side’s style of play: dynamic, aggressive, physical, looking to create magic. He is, in many ways, a microcosm of Mourinho’s side as a whole.

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