Zinedine Zidane has fuelled speculation he will move for Paul Pogba by admitting he “really likes” the Manchester United star.
Reports claim the Real Madrid manager will oversee a huge squad overhaul this summer after returning to the Bernabeu on a three-year deal.
And United midfielder Pogba is believed to be his number one target as Real look to close the gap to Barcelona.
The Frenchman has finally found his best form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But he recently admitted that the prospect of playing for Real was every player’s dream.
And now Zidane has come forward to reveal his admiration for the World Cup winner.
Zidane said: “I really like Pogba and you know that. I know him very well.
“He’s a different kind of player and he can provide many things because of his skills. He knows how to attack and defend.
“However, he’s not my player. He plays for United and we have to respect that. He’s always said that he likes Madrid.”
Zidane also reckons Raphael Varane will stay put despite reports suggesting he’s looking for a fresh challenge.
The Frenchman added: “I have a positive feeling about it, he knows what he’s done and it’s normal that many clubs would like to sign him.
“I think he’s fine here, he’s the fourth captain and his progress here is not over.
“I understand transfer rumours, the press has to talk about something.
“But we have ten games left, and we have to finish the season well. I won’t talk about players who don’t belong to the club.”