Ex-Real Madrid man favours ‘humble players’ over Pogba transfer

Date published: Monday 25th May 2020 8:29

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Uli Stielike hopes the club pursue “humble players” over Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba.

The France international has not played for Man Utd since Boxing Day after suffering a setback to foot surgery earlier in the season.

Pogba tried to force through a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer, and his former club Juventus are also thought to be interested.

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There are still rumours that Pogba could leave for Real in the next transfer window but Stielike would prefer the Spanish side went down another route.

When asked if Real should pursue Pogba, Stielike told Spanish publication AS (via Goal): “If you want to return to the idea of the galacticos, maybe yes. But I am more in favour of humble players with great talent and sacrifice for the team.”

Los Blancos are still trying to replace Cristiano Ronaldo – who left to join Juventus in 2018 – and Stielike has insisted it was always going to be hard.

Stielike added: “There is only one Cristiano. That’s why I see that any team needs a certain adaptation time when a fundamental piece is gone.”

Unlike Stielike, former France international Cristophe Dugarry thinks Pogba would be an “ideal” addition to Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

“We have all observed that this [Real squad] is aging a little. It is [a team] that has problems projecting, breaking lines and reaching the second line when there are centres,” Dugarry told RMC Sport.

“Pogba can do it. He is a boy who can score goals. For me, he is the ideal boy to give Real Madrid what is missing.

“A year has passed that has been difficult for him, because he has injuries and his team does not perform well, but every time he has been able to play, he quickly recovers his level. Knowing Zizou, if he was in love with Pogba, there is no reason for him to be gone a year later.”


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