Pro-Madrid daily Marca has run a front page story today, claiming that it is a dream project of President Florentino Perez and Sporting Director Zinedine Zidane to make the promising youngster next “galactico”.
Real Madrid is on the lookout for a powerful midfielder for next season, a footballer who can bring some muscle and quality to the centre of the park. The man at the top of Florentino and Zidane’s wishlist is Paul Pogba, who last December won the Golden Boy Trophy, which is awarded to the bestunder-21 playerin Europe.
It was that award that cleared up any doubts inside the club. The Real board is fully convinced that he would be the best option for that position, given that no other player on the market has his potential at such a young age. At 20 years old, he is already first-choice at Conte’s Juventus, which could make signing him even more complicated.
Zinedine Zidane’s belief that Paul Pogba is a future Ballon d’Or winner should be enough for anyone to sit up and take notice. Particularly Real Madrid, with its penchant for collecting winners of the accolade, from Zidane himself to Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo- the only ‘Galáctico’ to win the award while at the club.
Zidane’s talent-spotting credentials have even been vindicated by the ones that got away. One of the first names the ex-midfielder touted when Florentino returned as president was Eden Hazard, who was at Lille at the time. The Belgian forward wound up at Chelsea and has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top performers.
With Khedira out injured, Ancelotti has used Di María to keep that all-important balance in his team, but the coach agrees that he needs a player more like Pogba for next season.
Zizou’s dream is for Pogba to one day wear the crown as Europe’s top player in the white of Real Madrid, following in Ronaldo’s footsteps. And no one should scoff at this idea, as Ancelotti’s right-hand man has proven himself to have a fine eye for promising talents.
The highest-profile recent example is Raphaël Varane, a move that Zizou personally campaigned for. His signing took everyone by surprise, as Real Madrid shelled out some €10 million to prise a practically unknown quantity from Lens. We all know how that one turned out.
The France legend has also played a key role supporting players within the dressing room, notably Karim Benzema, whom he believed in and defended when the striker was at his lowest ebb and many at the club wanted him out.
However, ‘Los Blancos’ may have arrived a little too late, although they won’t give up without a fight. PSG has already made its move. As part of the club’s policy to field more French players, the Parisian club signed Cabaye from Newcastle during the January transfer window.