Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba recently admitted it would be a dream to play for Real Madrid.
“Real Madrid is a dream for everyone,” Pogba said during the recent international break. “It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Zidane is the manager there. It is a dream for every child and every player.
“Now, I am happy in Manchester. I play, we have a new manager. For now, I am at Manchester. Later, we don’t know what the future holds.”
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane fueled speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for Pogba by acknowledging Pogba’s comments and saying that he has always admired his fellow Frenchman.
“I really like Pogba and you know that,” said Zidane. “I know him very well, he’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend. He’s always said that he likes Madrid.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now responded to Pogba’s comments by insisting the France international is happy at Old Trafford and reiterated that he wants to build the team around Pogba.
“I don’t like to talk about other teams’ players, of course, but this is another challenge with international breaks,” said Solskjaer. “Players are available all the time as well and it’s a different environment.
“Paul is a very nice and polite man who answered a general question on Zidane who is an icon in France, a fantastic manager. He used to be a fantastic player.
“He’s just politely answered that question but Paul’s happy here. He’s going to be a big, big part you like to build your team around him and that hasn’t changed at all.”
Goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on Saturday in the 2-1 victory over Watford mean four United players have reached double figures in the Premier League for the first time since 1996.
“It’s very important,” said Solskjaer. “I’m surprised it’s so long ago. It’s a good thing to have more sources of goals. It gives opponent a difficult challenge that they know goals will come from different angles and hopefully we’ll have a few more and new challenges.”