Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aimed a sly dig in response to Zidane comments on Pogba joining Man Utd in the summer. The recently appointed Manchester United boss claimed he does not like talking about other teams players, he might be forced to regret such comments as reports from Spain claim Zidane has set his sights on Premier League duo Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba as major addition to his squad next season.
Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard are at the top of Real Madrid’s summer wish-list with Zinedine Zidane urging his board to sign the Premier League duo.
Kylian Mbappe was Real Madrid’s No 1 target following Zidane’s return to the Bernabeu but the Spanish giants have given up the chase.
Real Madrid know PSG will refuse to cash in on their star asset so have shelved plans to sign Mbappe until 2020.
According to AS, it means Real Madrid will go all out to sign both Pogba and Hazard during the summer transfer window following Zidane’s request.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday that Pogba was happy to stay at Manchester United despite flirting with the idea of linking up with Zidane.
Pogba said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid during the recent international break but Solskjaer has since said his midfielder is loving life at Old Trafford.
Zidane has also spoken of his admiration for Pogba which led to Solskjaer speaking out on the Frenchman’s situation.
Solskjaer said ahead of his side’s clash with Watford: ‘No, [those comments don’t] really concern me because my thought of action then is to sit down and speak to Paul and I’ve had my chat with Paul and we’re fine.
‘He’s going to do his utmost here because he knows I’m very fond of him as a player and a person and he is important for us. There is no issue.
‘I don’t like to talk about other teams’ players, of course, but this is another challenge with international breaks. Players are available all the time [to the media] as well and it’s a different environment, a general talk.’
‘Paul is a very nice and polite man who answered a general question about Zidane, who is an icon in France and a fantastic manager. He used to be a fantastic player and he’s just politely answered that question.’
‘But Paul’s happy here, he’s going to be a big part [here]. I’ve said before you like to build your team round him and that hasn’t changed at all.’
Hazard, on the other hand, only has one more year left on his contract so Chelsea are likely to be more open to cashing in.
Chelsea are currently unable to purchase players in the summer due to a transfer ban which may make it more difficult for Real Madrid to sign the Belgian.