Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed that Zinedine Zidane wanted to sign Paul Pogba for Real Madrid.
Pogba completed a world-record £89 million return to Old Trafford in July, and Raiola claims that United were not the only ones interested in snapping up the Frenchman.
Real manager Zidane was known to be very interested in the 23-year-old, and also confirmed his interest. Manchester City and Chelsea were also said to be after Pogba, but United’s offer ultimately proved too good to turn down for Juventus.
Pogba had been away with France at Euro 2016, and helped his team to a runners up finish in the tournament. However, the disappointment of losing the final weighed heavily on his shoulders, and hence, he remained tight lipped on the subject of his future for most of the summer.
Paul’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed: “During the Euros, we never spoke about deals. He was disappointed to lose the final of the Euros, he told us what he wanted afterwards, I made him aware of what was going on in Miami.
“Mourinho already wanted him last summer, but it was not the right moment. Zidane also wanted him, I think, like 5 or 6 other clubs. For me Manchester United are better, because they have my player. Real Madrid do not.”
Pogba has started every game under Mourinho so far in the Premier League since he joined the squad, and has been very impressive.
After Pogba’s return to Old Trafford was confirmed, Zidane was regularly questioned about his thoughts on the deal.
“I have no thoughts about it,” he said, speaking in a press conference earlier this season.
“[Pogba] is a United player, and that’s it. I wish him the best. We have many players and I am not going to say that I am asking for another midfielder.”
Pogba’s arrival at United has been seen as a signal of intent from the Red Devils, as they aim to get back to challenging for titles again.