Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Real Madrid's intentions are to sign Paul Pogba this summer, describing the Juventus midfielder as "a complete player" in an interview with French media.
Potentially next in line to manage at the Santiago Bernabeu whenever newly appointed manager Rafa Benitez meets his inevitable end, Zidane will have a vested interest in Real securing the signature of Pogba, a player he quite clearly holds in high regard.
REAL MADRID ARE "INTERESTED"
Speaking about the player to French radio station, RTL, the former Galactico raised hopes in Madrid by appearing to reveal how his club are monitoring the situation regarding Paul Pogba.
“A lot of clubs are interested, we can also talk about Real. Inevitably, talented players are of interest to all big clubs," he said.
A former midfield maestro for Real, who now coaches the club's youth team, and was promoted to become the first-team assistant manager under Ancelotti, Zidane will be well aware of the speculation caused by his comments.
In what may be an early attempt to gain favour with Pogba and lure him away from the clutches of Juventus, Zidane elaborated on his interest, stating what it is that has drawn his attention to the 22-year-old.
“What I like about him is that he has everything. He’s a complete player, who is also capable of scoring goals as he likes to get forward."
“In terms of his footballing qualities, he’s extraordinary."
Many comparisons can be drawn between Zidane and Pogba. Both central midfielders who have represented France on the international stage, they have similarly become highly sought after while playing for Juventus.
Zidane, who completed a then-world-record transfer move from Juventus to Real in 2001, hopes that like him, Pogba will make the move over to Spain to enhance his footballing credentials.
“For his development, it’s important that he has a healthy environment, and I hope he’ll always have that.”
COMPETITION FOR POGBA
Not alone in their desire to secure to Pogba, Real face stiff competition from Manchester City, who are reportedly interested to attain the services of the 22-year-old. With an ageing squad that appeared in decline last season, the signing of Pogba would display a clear statement that City are a force to be reckoned with in Europe.
However, reluctant to sell, Juventus want to keep hold of their prize asset. It would take a significant fee thought to be in the region of £60m for the Italian club to even consider letting Pogba leave.
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