Zinedine Zidane regrets not having Paul Pogba in the current Real Madrid squad but has nothing except “good wishes” for his fellow Frenchman. The coach, however, believes he has a quality team with good chances of re-writing history for this 2016-17 season.
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Returnee player Alvaro Morata remains the only addition to Los Blancos for this summer transfer window, having spent two years on loan at Juventus.
Madrid lost Pogba to United for a world-record €104m, and Zidane admits he’s happy for the young midfielder’s future with the Red Devils.
The coach said earlier in an official statement that his current squad just won the Champions League trophy, and the team doesn’t need more players for now. His inability to purchase Pogba points to a transaction which, according to speculations, would have been a wasteful venture for Madrid.
The coach spoke at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s European Super Cup against Sevilla.
In his words:
“[On Pogba], it is what it is on the issue of price. We have a lot of players and I won’t say that I’ll ask for others.
“I don’t know how we’re going to play everyone, but it’s the Coach’s problem. Everyone who stays will be important. Anything can happen.
“I’m not thinking about anything [related to Pogba]. He’s now a United player and that’s it. I wish him all the best and nothing else.
“[Martin Odegaard] is with us, spent preseason with the first team and I’m happy with him.
“Now we’ll make a decision, although it’s especially up to him. Anything can happen until [August] 31.
“The idea I have for him is that he plays a bit, but it’s very complicated for him at Madrid because we have many players. That’s my advice.
“Juventus was important for [Alvaro Morata] as it was for me. It’s a place to grow, and I think he’s grown a lot.
“He’s returned home, working hard and listening. He’s ready for the new season, which will be very tough.
“I’m very happy with the squad I have. [What I say] doesn’t mean nothing. What we need to do this season is to show that we’re prepared for what lies ahead.
“The first game is [against Sevilla], and the objective is to do everything we possibly can so we don’t have any regrets later. We must try to work from the first minute.”