Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been pictured alongside Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane in Dubai. This has fueled the speculation about Pogba and his future and Manchester, with Real Madrid thought to be his next destination.
The French midfielder is in the Middle East undergoing extensive rehabilitation on the ankle injury which has curtailed his season. United fans should be worried about this situation, though, as the 26-year-old took time out to chat with the manager he has expressed a strong desire to work under.
Pogba is there working on his fitness, while Zidane has been in Dubai as a guest attendee of the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sport (DAIS) Conference and Exhibition. Moreover, everybody went crazy when the pair were photographed meeting up, via the Mirror, at a beach resort.
It’s not a secret that Zidane made Pogba his priority target for the past summer transfer window, but the French boss made it clear that their chat was ‘personal’ and nothing else.
"It was pure chance," he told a news conference on Friday when asked about the meeting. "He was there and I was doing the talk and, as we know each other, we spoke. But it's personal – I'm not going to tell you what we talked about.
"We've known each other for a long time, we crossed paths, we stopped, and we talked.
"There are a lot of options, for every club [in January]. When we come to this date, the clubs will decide. We're going to play with 11 players tomorrow [Saturday, against Real Mallorca] and there will be players on the bench. We'll find a solution.
"We'll be able to sign players until the end of January, but what matters to me is the game [against Mallorca]. I'm not thinking about reinforcements. That's a long way off."
This news comes after reports suggested Zizou will give more chances to Federico Valverde to prove his worth, while others claimed Los Blancos were already lining up a move for Chelsea star N’Golo Kante. There is still time until the next summer transfer window, but every day Madrid are linked with a different player while this Pogba situation only gets bigger.