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Zinedine Zidane says meeting with Man Utd star Paul Pogba in Dubai was ‘complete chance’

The Real Madrid boss is a big fan of Pogba and tried to sign him in the summer (Picture: Getty) Zinedine Zidane has played down his ‘chance’ meeting with Paul Pogba in Dubai this week and says his conversation with the Manchester United midfielder was entirely innocent. Pogba has been in the UAE to undergo injury rehabilitation, though once again fuelled transfer speculation when he was spotted talking to Real Madrid boss Zidane. But far from trying to lure his compatriot to the Bernabeu, the French coach insists he was simply on holiday during the international break, having attended the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports Conference. Zidane was in Dubai for a conference and bumped into Pogba by chance (Picture: Getty) ‘It was complete chance. I was there and he was too,’ said Zidane at a press conference on Friday when asked about the pictures of him speaking to Pogba by the pool. ‘Since we know one another, we spoke to each other. I’m not going to tell you what we talked about; that’s private. ‘We’ve known each other for a long time. We bumped into each other, and we stopped and talked.’ More: UKExtinction Rebellion protester 'dressed as Boris Johnson' climbs Big BenMeghan Markle was in a film with Skepta and Devlin and our minds are blownWWE's Rey Mysterio warns son Dominik to build his own legacy Pogba hinted at being ready for a ‘new challenge’ earlier this summer, with Zidane keen to bring him to Real, though United were adamant that he was not for sale. That stance could change next summer when Pogba will only have one year left on his contract, while talks over a new deal stalled some time ago, though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not perturbed by his star player’s chance encounter. The Frenchman is in Dubai to step up his recovery from injury (Picture: Getty) ‘Paul is part of our plan, he’s been playing through the pain barriers and has been criticised left, right and centre,’ said Solskjaer when asked about the picture of Pogba and Zidane. ‘But when he came back Rochdale Arsenal he wanted to play, try to get back, was too painful, he had that scan, he’s on the way back, he’s recovering, he’s mending. ‘He’s been on a few days off working but he’s away from here, and it’s a pic, when you’re at Man United I don’t have any problem with that at all.’ More: Manchester United FCSolskjaer's priceless reaction to stat showing he bettered Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool recordMax Allegri approves pursuit of 'special' Man Utd transfer target Mario MandzukicJurgen Klopp provides Mohamed Salah and Alisson injury updates ahead of Man Utd clash...


Published By: Metro - Friday, 18 October

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