Real manager praises Juventus midfielder
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has praised Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but has also admitted that he feels his current Champions League winning squad will be difficult to improve on this summer.
In his first press conference of the pre-season, the day after the team landed in Montreal, Zidane was asked about Paul Pogba, Juventus midfielder. His response was a little ambiguous. “I like Pogba, but at the moment, he’s a Juventus player. I’m happy with the squad I have and it’s difficult to improve it.
On James Rodriguez, he said: “James is a Madrid player and he will return on the 26th like Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. I will talk to him, like I will talk to all the other players. But I’m not going to tell you that James is not a starter. He’s an important player. He played less, but I don’t see it like that. Every time I was able to use him, I did. The squad is large and that makes problems. I will always try to put out the most competitive side.”
He added: “Working is the most important thing, it’s what we’re going to do here. Then, bit by bit, we’ll decide things. You don’t know what will happen until August 31. We’re happy with the squad we have, it’s big and it’s good. And we’ve just won the Champions League.”
Zidane also spoke briefly about Alvaro Morata. “He’s another of the team’s players. He will come back to Madrid and I am happy. He’s home-grown and we are pleased to see him with us.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10