Zinedine Zidane delivers verdict on Paul Pogba amid Man United link

Zinedine Zidane appears to rule Real Madrid out of the race to sign Paul Pogba

Zinedine Zidane says he is a big admirer of Paul Pogba but has played down Real Madrid’s interest in the Juventus midfielder.

The France international is one of the most-coveted midfielders in Europe after an impressive spell for Juventus since his move to Turin in 2012.

According to the latest report in Don Balon – as quoted by Daily Star, Pogba told his French team-mate Antoine Griezmann that he will be joining the Red Devils this summer.

Madrid have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder, too, with Los Blancos no stranger to coughing up huge fees for super-star players.

However, Zidane, who took over the reins of the 11-time European champions from Rafael Benitez last season, has poured cold water on talk of signing Pogba.

“I’m very happy with the squad I have available. It’s difficult to improve,” Zidane is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News HQ.

“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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Pogba swapped United for Juventus in 2012 in an £800,000 deal after failing to secure a regular starting spot in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

The France midfielder has won four successive Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia twice and finished as a Champions League runner-up since his move.

United have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far.

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