Berbatov downplays Pogba’s Real Madrid ‘dream’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton FC at Old Trafford on March 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is “not concerned” about Paul Pogba’s comments over a “dream” move to Real Madrid.

The French midfielder caused quite a stir on Wednesday by confessing that playing for Real and Zinedine Zidane would be “a dream for anyone”, which immediately prompted doubt over his long-term future at United.

In the summer of 2016, Pogba was strongly linked with a move to Los Blancos before deciding to re-join United in a then-world record transfer of €105m from Juventus as he felt there was still some unfinished business at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old’s older brother, Florentinannounced earlier this year that should Pogba leave United then it would be for either Real or Barcelona.

But Berbatov reckons Pogba’s latest remarks about Real shouldn’t be taken too seriously by the Red Devils’ supporters.

“Paul Pogba is rarely too far away from the headlines but I’m not concerned about his Real Madrid quotes this week,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“I supported lots of other teams when I played for United because I was a fan of good football. I admired clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich.

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“I don’t think there’s anything to worry about here. We live in a world where you can say what you want and I can imagine the words being taken out of context.

“Paul will be a United player for a long time, as long as he and the club want to be together.

“I remember Paul coming to play with the first team, training with us. He was just enjoying being in Manchester and was good friends with the first team and when you’re happy you’re settled.

“He caused a stir in training straight away. He was tall, athletic, would get the ball from me, intercept it and get on my nerves. I knew I had to take this guy seriously because he had something.

“You could see from the beginning that he had technical ability, vision of the game, where to position himself and now you can see the result – he is one of the best in the world.”

Pogba will likely start in France’s Group H opener at Moldova tonight in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Paul Pogba of France football team plaer arrives to compete in the 2018 World Cup at Sheremetyevo on June 10, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)