Zidane: ‘I Like Paul Pogba But…’

Zinedine Zidane loves Paul Pogba and would like to add him to Real Madrid’s ocean of talents but has only one regret.

Image: Zinedine Zidane

The Real Madrid coach admits it’s nearly impossible to bring in an addition to a star-studded team like Los Blancos at the moment. The price tag placed on Pogba by Juventus may be on a high side but that’s never a problem for the club.

The Madrid legend admits, ‘We just won the Champions League…’ so the reason is clear.

Madrid began their pre-season tour in Montreal but Zizou had time to speak with AS. The former Madrid player and current coach said: “I’m happy with the squad I have. It’s hard to improve. I like Paul, he is very good, but I’m not the only one. All teams want good players. At the moment he is Juve’s.

“At the moment what I’m thinking of is that I’m missing the players to work, but that’s the Euros. The goal is to prepare well for the European Super Cup against Sevilla on August 9. That’s very, very important to us.

“The most important thing is to work. We have 10 days to work and they’re the most important. We’ll have 10 days and three games after and that’s what’s most important to me. Then, gradually, we’ll decide what we’re going to do. And you don’t know what will happen until August 31. We’re happy with the squad we have, and we’ve just won the Champions League…”

Image: Alvaro Morata

Zizou spoke about his excitement at Alvaro Morata’s return. He remains the only signing by Madrid so far.

Morata, 23, is a graduate from Madrid’s football academy though he played for the club before going to Juve on loan.

Zidane said: “He’s a player of this team. He’s back and I’m happy. This is his home, he knows Madrid and, the truth is, we’re really happy Alvaro is with us and me most of us,” Zidane added.

“After that, we’ll see. We have a very big squad and everyone is going to be important. Alvaro is another player.”

Morata began his career at Real Madrid, making his debut with the senior team in late 2010 and going on to appear in 52 official games. He scored a total of 11 goals in the campaign, notably winning the 2014 Champions League.

He moved to Juventus for €20 million in 2014, winning the domestic double of Serie A and Coppa Italia in both of his seasons before being bought back for €30 million.

Morata gained 34 caps for Spain at youth level, helping the country win the 2013 Under-21 Championship. He made his senior debut in 2014, and also represented the nation at Euro 2016.

2 thoughts on “Zidane: ‘I Like Paul Pogba But…’

  1. Almost everybody likes Paul Pogba. He’s young, strong and talented. Since he won the Best Young Player at the 2014 World Cup, his value increased so much that Manchester United realized their mistakes and sought ways to correct it.