Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has explained why the club did not challenge Manchester United for the signing of Paul Pogba last summer.
Pogba became the world’s most expensive player last August when United shelled out £89.3million to sign him from Juventus.
Real were also known to be admirers of the Frenchman, but did not pursue a deal beyond the early stages, leaving United to re-sign their former midfielder. He would certainly have fit Zinedine Zidane’s new transfer directive.
Talking to esRadio about the possibility of signing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, Perez explained that Real will only look to purchase players who will “have a place” in the first team.
“I don’t like to deny things – don’t ask me things that I cannot answer,” he said when asked whether the club had bid for Mbappe.
“I know that Zidane [spoke to Monaco] a few years back. At this age very few players have a place at Madrid. Zidane came aged 28.
“Mbappe is very young and a very good player, I like all good players, but the players are 24 and we can only play 11.
“We must have patience. I sincerely do not know if Mbappe will come this summer. He must decide if he is coming here to play, or if it is better to keep developing. If Zidane gives me the OK, he would also have to tell me he was going to play him.
“There are many good players that I liked and had no place.
“We will do our best. Right now we have the best template in the world, as has been shown.
“The players have to have a place and, for example, I did not see it last season with Pogba.
“Zidane has had contact with the player for several years because he has followed him, as happened with Varane.
“But at 18, few players play for Real Madrid. You have to be patient.”