Zinedine Zidane refused to share any details on his “pure chance” encounter with Paul Pogba in Dubai ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to RCD Mallorca.

Rumours linking Pogba to Real Madrid resurfaced this week after he was caught on camera speaking to Zidane over the international break.

The Manchester United midfielder was in Dubai to continue his rehabilitation from an ankle injury. While Zidane was attending an exhibition for the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sport (DAIS).

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already insisted it’s of no concern to him. Although some may argue with that given that Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford in the summer.

Zidane, on the other hand, pushed hard for his fellow Frenchman to join him in Madrid. However, the move never materialised despite the coach’s attempts.

And, while not keen to dwell on the upcoming January transfer window, Zidane wouldn’t budge on sharing the details behind his chat with Pogba.

“It was pure chance,” said Zidane, according to SportsMax.

“He was there and I was doing the talk and, as we know each other, we spoke. But it’s personal – I’m not going to tell you what we talked about.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, we crossed paths, we stopped, and we talked.

“There are a lot of options, for every club [in January]. When we come to this date, the clubs will decide. We’re going to play with 11 players tomorrow [Saturday, against Real Mallorca] and there will be players on the bench. We’ll find a solution.

“We’ll be able to sign players until the end of January, but what matters to me is the game [against Mallorca]. I’m not thinking about reinforcements. That’s a long way off.”

Zidane understandably has greater concerns than Pogba right now given that Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez are all unavailable for Saturday’s trip to Mallorca with injuries.

Therefore, Federico Valverde is set to get another chance to impress in the Los Blancos midfield.

Takefusa Kubo, meanwhile, could line-up against Zidane’s men on Saturday for Mallorca. The Japanese youngster, who is on loan at the Son Moix, has started in two of the club’s last three La Liga games.


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