Zinedine Zidane opens up on chance arrangement with Paul Pogba

Date published: Friday 18th October 2019 3:01

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to give specific details about his meeting with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, insisting the opportunity for the pair to speak together came about by “pure chance”.

Pogba, who spent time in the UAE during the international break to step up his recovery from an ongoing ankle issue, was pictured with Zidane, who was in the country to attend the Dubau Artificial Intelligence in Sport (DAIS) Conference and Exhibition.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital and his compatriot Zidane is said to be a big admirer of the midfielder, but speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Mallorca on Saturday, the Los Blancos boss gave little away about the discussions.

It was pure chance,” the 47-year-old said. “[Pogba] was there and I was doing the talk and, as we know each other, we spoke. But it’s personal – I’m not going to tell you what we talked about.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, we crossed paths, we stopped, and we talked.”

Zidane was also asked about his plans for the upcoming transfer window. He said: “There are a lot of options, for every club [in January]. When we come to this date, the clubs will decide.

“We’re going to play with 11 players tomorrow [Saturday, against Real Mallorca] and there will be players on the bench. We’ll find a solution. We’ll be able to sign players until the end of January, but what matters to me is the game [against Mallorca]. I’m not thinking about reinforcements. That’s a long way off.”

Back in the UK, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed on the meeting between the two and insisted that he had no problems with Pogba and Zidane meeting up, despite the recent speculation.


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