Fernando Morientes understands why his old Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane is so fixated on signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United.
Zidane is keen to sign Pogba for Real this summer as he steps up his efforts to build a new championship-winning team.
Latest reports in Spain have claimed that the 47-year-old has grown “obsessed” over bringing his fellow Frenchman over to the Santiago Bernabeu.
And Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, gave Zidane some fresh hope this week by announcing the midfielder wants to end his three-year stay at United this summer. Therefore, Real and Juventus are set to go head-to-head for the World Cup winner.
Although some have questioned the wisdom behind Zidane’s keenness for pursuing Pogba given his inconsistency since completing a then-world record move of €105m from Juventus to United in 2016.
But Morientes accepts Zidane would only push so hard to sign Pogba if he truly believes he’s got the quality to make an impact for Los Blancos.
“I think he is a great player, but Real Madrid need to let some players leave before signing others,” said Morientes, according to Yahoo.
“There are many good players in the Real Madrid midfield but Pogba is one of the best there is.
“Zidane is pushing a lot to sign him. I think when a coach wants a player it is because he knows he is going to do good things, so if Pogba came he would be a good signing for Real Madrid.”
Morientes and Zidane played alongside each at Real for 66 matches and won two trophies together in La Liga and the Intercontinental Cup between 2001 and 2005.