Pogba showed a desire to play for Real Madrid back in March by saying it is a “dream” for players to pull on the Los Blancos jersey.

His words were received well by countryman Zidane, who was not shy in complimenting Pogba.

Since Zidane returned to the Bernabeu hotseat in early March, Real Madrid have been meticulously planning their summer movements, already signing young centre-back Eder Miitao and Santos forward Rodrygo.

It seemed Zidane’s public praise of Pogba was part of the recruitment process, but the manager defied the connotations drawn from his words.

“I said Pogba was a good player, but I could say the same about other players,” Zidane said.

“I know him, nothing else. I am not getting into something.

“If you ask me about Pogba, I say that he is a very good player, but he plays for Manchester United.

“At the end of the season we will see which players come here, and who leaves.

“But I did not say: ‘We are going to sign Pogba.’ Nothing like that.

“I will not say anything [about any deals] until things are done.”

One departure this summer may be that of Gareth Bale, who has developed a tense relationship with fans in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zidane notoriously had a fractious bond with the Welshman, who he benched in last year’s Champions League final, only for the forward to come on and win the game.

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