Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the Spanish giants made an approach to sign Paul Pogba over the summer before he rejoined Manchester United.
The all-action French midfielder moved back to the Premier League side four years after leaving for a world-record transfer fee, as the Red Devils look to get back among contention for major silverware.
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Pogba starred over a number of campaigns in Turin, playing a significant role in the Bianconeri’s domestic dominance over their Serie A opponents.
One of the world’s most in-demand players, both Clasico powerhouses Madrid and Barcelona were being linked with a move for the France international throughout his Juventus tenure.
Zidane has admitted that he is a fan of his countryman and initial discussions over a deal to bring Pogba to the Santiago Bernabeu took place.
“It could have happened,” the Madrid coach told French radio station RMC, as published in Le 10 Sport.
“There were conversations (to sign him) but it didn’t go ahead.”
Pogba has shown glimpses of the ability that has made him such a star over recent years since rejoining United but is yet to display his best form in the Premier League.
Madrid have a wealth of a options in the heart of their midfield, including Casemiro, Luka Modric, Isco and Toni Kroos.