Zinedine Zidane spoke to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo ahead of his side’s European Super Cup tie against Sevilla in Norway, knowing Paul Pogba was in Manchester to sign his United contract after completing a medical on Monday.
Real Madrid were reportedly keen on bringing the Frenchman to the Santiago Bernabeu, yet could not compete with the financial muscle that Manchester United showed, which has also seen them bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan.
Zidane has never hidden his high regard for Paul Pogba and told L'Equipe, quoted by Goal, that he could become one of the best players ever, also hinting at Madrid’s interest here and there during pre-season.
But, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, he didn’t show any resentment after the French star signed for United, instead wishing Pogba well at his new club. And Zidane kept his cards close to his chest over whether he would try and land another midfielder following defeat in the pursuit to sign his first target.
“I have no view. He's a United player and that's all there is to it. I wish him well, nothing more,” Zidane told Mundo Deportivo.
“That's the way the market is at present, they paid it and that's it.
“We have many players in midfield. I won't say I'm going to ask for another midfielder because I don't know how we’re going to play everyone.
"It's the manager's problem. All the players who are staying will be important because the group is more important than a player. Until the 31st, anything can happen.”
Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez won’t like Pogba becoming the most expensive player in the history of football — dethroning his last two megabuck moves in Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
The buying power of the Premier League is evidently hurting La Liga and this is another indication of it. Madrid may no longer be able to call the shots in the transfer market after missing out on Pogba.
Although Los Blancos clearly already have a decent enough squad and some would argue they don’t need to bring in new players, the club are working on bringing in at least one new face.
Midfielders that would play a back-up role like Mateo Kovacic and Isco have been heavily linked away from the Spanish capital, which would leave Zidane short in the middle.
Furthermore, with the club facing a transfer ban that could cover over the next two transfer windows, there is pressure to wrap up deals.