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Real Madrid Have No Plans To Sign This Manchester United Midfielder: Good Call By Los Blancos?

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In a recent report, AS has stated that Real Madrid have no plans to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba next summer when his contract at Old Trafford comes to an end. It is believed that Los Blancos do not have enough salary space to meet the French playmaker’s €15m per year demands which is why they are not planning to move in for him at the end of this campaign (via AS).

Pogba’s Underwhelming Form At Old Trafford Recently

The 27-year-old has experienced a frustrating couple of seasons at the Theatre of Dreams as he has struggled to perform at top gear under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The French midfield ace participated in just 22 matches for the Red Devils last season, netting one goal and providing four assists across multiple competitions.

Pogba ended the previous campaign with an average of 1.3 tackles, 0.6 clearances, 1.4 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League which explains why Solskjaer has continued to name him in his first-team despite his lack of productivity in the final third. The former Juventus talent even distributed the ball relatively well from midfield after completing 85.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of England (stats via whoscored).

The French midfielder has made a lacklustre start to this league campaign after failing to score or assist a goal in his first three appearances for the Red Devils. Thus, it makes sense for Los Blancos to drop their interest in landing him next summer even when he will be available on a free transfer.

Real Madrid have no plans to sign Paul Pogba next summer (Pogba is in action in the picture)
Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (C) takes on Brighton’s English defender Dan Burn (R) during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Are The French International’s Best Attributes?

Pogba is a well-rounded midfielder who has struggled to find consistency with his performances over the past year. He has also endured his fair share of problems with injuries. Even then, there is no denying his quality as the Frenchman has got what it takes to be a real game-changer when he is firing on all cylinders at the centre of the park.

At 27, Pogba has got all the skillset needed to win a few more trophies at the top level. His power to dominate the midfield battle and passing ability still makes him a top talent in European football. However, his time at Old Trafford has so far been mostly dreadful, which is why he needs to seek a move to a foreign club in search of greener pastures at the end of this campaign.

Madrid Have No Plans To Sign Pogba Next Summer: Good Call By Zidane?

Zinedine Zidane has currently got Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez battling each other for a midfield berth in his starting XI. Hence, Los Blancos can benefit from adding a couple of fresh faces to their midfield department as both Kroos and Modric are edging closer towards the twilight years of their playing careers.

On reputation, Pogba should be a good fit for the Madrid giants, but his poor form and recent injury record suggests that Zidane has made the right call by dropping his plans to recruit his fellow countryman next summer.

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