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Zinedine Zidane responds to Paul Pogba transfer rumours and insists he’s happy with Real Madrid squad

The French midfielder’s brother claimed he was still hoping to leave this summer (Picture: Getty) Zinedine Zidane has played down the possibility of Real Madrid signing Paul Pogba before the end of the transfer window despite the Manchester United midfielder’s brother saying he wants to leave. Pogba is believed to have been one of Zidane’s primary targets this summer, though Real president Florentino Perez was less convinced, while United have little intention of selling – especially now the Premier League window is closed. Real have already spent around £270m in the off-season but did not reinforce their ageing central midfield, and Zidane appears resigned to not getting Pogba before the deadline. Zidane starts the new La LIga season with an away trip to Celta Vigo (Picture: Getty) ‘Paul is a Manchester United player and we must respect that,’ said Zidane at a press conference on Friday. ‘We are here thinking of tomorrow’s game.’ Asked if he still wants more players, such as Pogba, he added: ‘I am happy with my players, thinking only about tomorrow’s game. The players are the same. More: FootballZinedine Zidane addresses Paul Pogba rumours after brother's transfer commentsAmber Davies shares a moment with elderly fan after treading the boards in 9 To 5Motivation proves Normani will be an icon, just like Beyoncé and JLo ‘We are ready to play a good game, we want to compete. I have the best players here, no doubt, I always say that.’ Pogba’s brother Mathias – who joined Spanish fourth division side CD Manchego last month – had fuelled fresh speculation that the World Cup winner could leave Old Trafford before La Liga’s transfer window closes on September 2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Pogba is focused on United despite the rumours (Picture: Getty) In an interview with El Chiringuito on Thursday evening, Mathias said: ‘I can’t assure you that he is going to stay at United. ‘We know he wanted to move, but he’s not to blame. He’s waiting. He works hard and we’ll see what happens. In football you never know. Until September 2 everything can happen.’ More: Manchester United FCOle Gunnar Solskjaer picks surprise name for a 'big season' at Man UtdOle Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Alexis Sanchez rumours and reveals his role this seasonMan Utd squad feel Harry Maguire has already improved one key area...


Published By: Metro - Friday, 16 August

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