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Paul Pogba: Playing for Real Madrid under Zidane is a dream for anybody who likes football

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
All smiles: Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted that playing for Real Madrid is a 'dream' for any player.

The lure of Los Blancos, he says, is only increased by the return of his French compatriot Zinedine Zidane as manager.

Zizou, of course, won three consecutive Champions League crowns during his first spell in charge - adding another six trophies for good measure.

Returning less than a year on from his sensational departure, it's a project that Pogba seems open to being a part of.

"Like I've always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It's one of the biggest clubs in the world," he said.

"There is also Zidane as a coach and it's a dream for anybody who likes football.

"For now, I'm at Manchester. We don't know what the future holds. I'm at Manchester and I'm happy."

For now.

For now, Pogba is part of a United side rejuvenated by fledgling manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - a man who the midfielder wants to see remain in charge at Old Trafford.

When Solskjaer was given the role following the departure of Jose Mourinho, it was widely assumed he was merely keeping the seat warm for a bigger managerial name, Zidane for instance, but his success has led to a clamour for the appointment to be made permanent, and midfielder Pogba has now added his voice.

The Frenchman told Sky Sports: "Of course we want him to stay. The results have been great. I have a great relationship with him, he has a great relationship with the players.

"When a player is happy, he wants to keep being happy. Solskjaer deserves it. He knows the club, he knows everything about the club.

"He is a really happy coach that gave confidence back to the players. This gave us the freedom to play and enjoy football again because maybe we lost that with the results that we had before."

It is a striking contrast to the final months of Mourinho's reign, with Pogba the player who was repeatedly claimed to be at odds with the Portuguese.

He declined to elaborate, saying only: "Maybe we lost confidence, maybe things went wrong. A lot of talking outside that we weren't used to.

"I don't like to talk about the past. I like to talk about the future because that's what matters. We are better now and the results have been brilliant."

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