Benzema wants £50m former Manchester United star at Real Madrid

Paul Pogba

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema wants former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba to join him in the Spanish capital.

Former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after midfielders this summer following a sparkling season at Juventus.

The 21-year-old joined the Italian club on a free transfer after leaving United in the summer of 2012 in somewhat controversial circumstances after failing to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.

Pogba’s reasons for leaving the Red Devils were simply to play more regularly, and then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson clearly didn’t realise at the time just how good of a player he had allowed to slip through his grasps.

The French international has gone on to represent the Italian champions 89 times in two years, and his progress and influence at the club has coincided with Juventus recording back-to-back Serie A triumphs.

His future at Juve, however, appears unclear and European giants such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have all been linked with parting with sums as high as £50 million this summer for his services.

Fellow French international striker Karim Benzema is a big admirer and warmed to the idea of playing alongside the former United star at the Santiago Bernabeu.

'He is a young player which plays for a great European club. Each game he is progressing and he is at a high level, He ought to continue working hard. I would like it if he signs for Real Madrid because he is French and he can become a great football player', he said, quoted by Spanish publication Marca.

Pogba made 33 Serie A starts for Juventus this season, scoring seven goals and assisting a further seven.

With nine French caps to his name, he warmed up for this summer’s World Cup by notching an impressive goal as France crushed Norway 4-0 in Paris on Tuesday.

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