Later News Oct 09

Pogba starts flirting with Real Madrid, says it’s a ‘dream’ to play for Spanish giants and Zidane


It’s been barely a week since the transfer window slammed shut, but Paul Pogba is already ‘dreaming’ of one day moving from Manchester United to join Real Madrid.

 

Maybe the French midfielder was left disillusioned by the Red Devils’ embarrassing 1-6 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Or maybe he felt that the club had failed to sufficiently strengthen themselves in the transfer market, with semi-retired Edinson Cavani the highest profile of four new signings that United made on deadline day.

 

WATCH: Cavani's historic career at PSG

 

Or maybe he just really, really loves Real Madrid and French legend Zinedine Zidane.

 

Speaking at a news conference while on international duty with France, Pogba said: “Zidane? We all heard, some things have been said. What do you want me to say? Yes, all the players would like to play for Real Madrid one day. It could be a dream. It is a dream for me. Why not? One day.”

 

WATCH: Look back at the titles Zidane has won as Real Madrid coach

 

Not exactly the resounding commitment to his current club that United fans were perhaps hoping for.

 

Nonetheless, Pogba insisted that he will continue to do his best for United for as long as he dons their jersey.

 

“Like I have said, I am at Manchester United and I love my club,” Pogba declared. “I am performing at United; I am enjoying it and I want to do everything I can to bring this club back where it belongs. I will give my best like all my teammates.

 

“This club deserves to be at the top. Winning trophies and the league are the club's ambitions. We know it won't be easy but it is still our objective. We are fighting for that.”

 

Pogba’s current contract with United expires in June next year, although this includes an option for a further year. The 27-year-old, however, revealed that he has yet to meet United chairman Ed Woodward to discuss an extension to his contract.

 

“I haven't spoken with Ed Woodward about an extension or anything,” Pogba said. “So, for now, I am in Manchester and I am thinking about coming back at my best level. 

 

“Then, I think there will be a time where the club will come to me to offer me something or not. For now, nothing has happened. I am just thinking about coming back strongly physically and mentally and put on great performances for my club.”

 

What this means, however, is that the player who joined United from Juventus for a then world record fee of £89.3 million (S$156 million), could potentially leave the club on a free either next year or the year after.

 

WATCH: Pogba's best assists with Juventus

 

Great planning there, Woodward. Just great.

 

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