Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has jokingly said he does not know the club’s long-time target Paul Pogba, Concise News reports.
Pogba, 26, has been a subject of speculations with a move away from Manchester United and has never hid his desires to play for the multiple UEFA Champions League winners.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is also highly interested in landing his French compatriot to the Santiago Bernabeu even though the club’s hopes of getting the World Cup winner is increasingly diminishing.
When asked about the chances of the Spanish side still getting the signature of the former Juventus star after the Super Cup win over Atletico Madrid, Perez replied: “I don’t know who Pogba is!”
No Ill-Feeling Towards Barca – Valverde
Meanwhile, sacked Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has claimed he has harbours no hard feelings towards the club but lauded them for the opportunity.
In a message that was made available on Barcelona’s official website, Valverde thanked the club’s board for giving him the opportunity to manage an illustrious club like Barcelona.
He also thanked the players with whom he won four trophies during his time at Camp Nou. The 55-year-old won two consecutive La Liga titles, one Copa Del Rey and one Super Cup. He managed 145 games for Barcelona, winning 96, drawing 35 and losing just 16.
Valverde’s statement on Barcelona’s official website read: “My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start.
“In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all, I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.
“I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time. \
“I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the Club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.
“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setién also. All the best to everyone.”
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