Paul Pogba admits playing for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid would be a 'dream'

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Paul Pogba says playing for Real Madrid under returning manager Zinedine Zidane would be a "dream for anyone".

Zidane returned to the Bernabeu as manager earlier this month, replacing Santiago Solari.

The Frenchman, who left Real last summer after leading the club to three successive Champions League titles, signed a contract at the Bernabeu until June 2022.

Zinedine Zidane is back at Real Madrid
Image: Zinedine Zidane is back at Real Madrid

Pogba, who had been linked with an Old Trafford exit during recent transfer windows, admitted playing for the former France captain at one of the world's biggest clubs would be a dream.

"Like I've always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It's one of the biggest clubs in the world," Pogba said in France's pre-Moldova press conference. "There is also [Zinedine] Zidane as a coach and it's a dream for anybody who likes football.

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"For now, I'm at Manchester. We don't know what the future holds. I'm at Manchester and I'm happy."

Zidane was in the frame to be Manchester United's permanent manager before he confirmed his return to Real.

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Danny Higginbotham says Pogba is happy at Manchester United and nothing should be read into his comment that playing for Real Madrid would be a "dream for anyone".

Former United defender Higginbotham was asked on Sky Sports News if Pogba was merely flirting with Real Madrid

Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. 0:39
Danny Higginbotham says Paul Pogba's comment that playing for Real Madrid would be a

"Of course, people always say look at Real Madrid look at Barcelona," he said. "It's obviously a question that Pogba has been asked. He seems very happy at Manchester United, his performances are suggesting that and at the moment Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is building a team around him.

"I think sometimes when players do say things like 'it would be an honour to play for a team Real Madrid' it's sort of throwing it back in the face of Manchester United supporters.

"But that's what players will say at times when they're asked a question. We've seen it with the likes of Eden Hazard as well. But I think from United's perspective they want him to stay at the football club for a long time and continue to show the form that he's showing."

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