While Manchester United are looking to sweep in for Paul Pogba this summer in a bid to bolster their squad, it seems that Real Madrid are keen on tempting the young French midfielder to the Spanish capital. Reports also suggest that Chicharito, who is currently on loan at Madrid from Manchester United, is frustrated with the lack of playing time under Carlo Ancelotti.
According to reports, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that it is only a logicala for a club like Real Madrid to be interested in a talent like Paul Pogba. The former French international is an influential figure at Madrid and is looked on as Carlo Ancelottia s successor in the years to come. Zidane also helped Real Madrid sign Raphael Varane who was on the cusp of signing for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. The former midfield maestro was also influential in signing the likes of Isco and could play a huge role in deciding the future of Paul Pogba who looks set to leave Juventus for a big money move abroad.
Speaking about Paul Pogba, Zidane confirmed that Real Madrid are interested in signing the young midfielder, who according to him, has the potential to develop into one of the worlda s best midfielders.
“When we are talking about a player like Pogba, it is only logical Real Madrid are interested in signing him. He is a player with immense potential, who still has an important margin for improvement.a
“He is still young and has an exciting future ahead of him. Where Pogba will play next season? I don’t know the answer to that question. You will have to ask him.”
While the future of Paul Pogba remains undecided, it seems that Manchester Uniteda s striker, Chicharito, who is currently on loan at Real Madrid, will not be happy to extend his stay at Santiago Bernabeu after admitting to being frustrated at the club.
a My situation is frustrating. I participate, give my all in training, but as far as for playing in matches, the opportunities are minimal. I belong to a team, but am not part of the important bit, the actual games.a
The striker has admitted that his lack of playing time at Real Madrid has affected his confidence as he is forced to play second fiddle to Karim Benzema at the club.
“Sometimes my confidence is right down on the ground, even though I am trying for it to be up there, with the help of the people who are always at my side and who support me.”
Chicharito expressed his desire to get more playing time under Carlo Ancelotti and stated that he has always delivered when called upon to do so at the club.
a The most important thing is to get chances, and to feel that they believe in you. Whenever they have entrusted me to do something it comes out positively, but I’ve been through two rather frustrating years. a
He also added that he needs people at Real Madrid to believe in him in order for him to showcase his talent.
“There needs to be people who believe in me, at least so I can prove if I am any good or not.”
In all fairness to the striker and the club, it is rather difficult for Chicharito to get a spot in the starting line-up as Karim Benzema has been in sublime form at Real Madrid. With the presence of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the squad, the number 9 at Madrid doesna t need to be an out and out striker, but rather should have the ability to construct the play in a manner that helps Real Madrid go forward. Karim Benzemaa s ability to hold the ball and link up with the players makes him an asset at Madrid while his imposing physical presence proves to be a stiff opposition for many defensive line-ups. Combined with his precise finishing skills, it is easy to see why Benzema starts for Real Madrid on every occasion under Carlo Ancelotti.
However Ancelottia s stubborn insistence on not changing the starting line-up has affected the cluba s fortunes along with alienating the players on the bench. Recently, former Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata, who had come up the ranks at the club, hit out at Ancelotti for his managerial skills. So will Carlo Ancelotti’s ‘no-rotation’ philosophy lead to another striker leaving the club? We’ll soon find out.