Zidane praise for Man Utd’s Pogba opens door to Real bid

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Zinedine Zidane stated his admiration for Paul Pogba, although he added that he is still a Manchester United player.

Zidane said: "There is always a lot of talk here, and people can write whatever they want".

That allows everyone to look to the future with optimism, dreaming of what Zizou can do next year and of new signings as well as the resurrection of players who fell out of favour in the previous regime.

United moved into fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Watford on Saturday.

Zidane was not so forthright when Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe - another reported target for Madrid - was mentioned.

"We can't say what Mbappe is worth, as that is something defined by the clubs".

"I don't know, two possibilities, I think".

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"We know the player he is but he is not my player".

He said, "There's a lot of talking that goes on". "We are working well in training but as you know the only thing that is important is the reaction in the match".

"And of course we are hoping to build a team strong enough worthy of the history of the club".

Courtois played four seasons at Chelsea before making the switch to Madrid in August past year. "And it does not mean that afterwards there will not be changes". "I'm at Manchester and I'm happy".

With Thibaut Courtois injured a space had opened up in goal, and that space will be filled by Luca, who debuts in the Primera.

For the game against Huesca, Zidane will impose the philosophy he did in his first game and with nothing at stake, will give rest to the internationals who came back after the break at less than peak fitness. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane have all been excluded from the 19-man squad named by the manager.

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