Raul: Pogba is a player Real Madrid would 'love' to have

The former Blancos striker believes the Juventus ace would be a fine addition at the Santiago Bernabeu, while also hailing former teammate Zinedine Zidane’s impact as a manager.

Raul has hailed Paul Pogba as an “excellent” player and believes he is a player Real Madrid would “love” to sign.

The France international has a contract with Juventus until June 2019, but he has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere in recent months.

Manchester United is believed to be keen to lure him back to Old Trafford, while Madrid is also allegedly in the running to sign the 23-year-old.

Raul is a keen admirer of the midfielder and believes he would be a fine addition at the Santiago Bernabeu if Madrid can get past Juventus’ reported asking price of 100 million euros ($110 million).

“Pogba is a player that Madrid would love to have – as would any team,” Raul told AS. “He has a great physical presence.

“Pogba is an excellent player and I am sure that the coach will have studied on how he can improve the current team and style of play. But it will be a question of looking at factors such as price and general conditions.”

Raul previously conceded he was surprised to see Zinedine Zidane become Real Madrid coach, but has been impressed with the progress his former teammate has made.

“I just didn’t see him as a coach when we played together, but he’s since worked in different areas of the club, spent some time working with [Carlo] Ancelotti and was then given the opportunity to oversee Castilla so I guess it was always something that he had inside,” Raul added.

“I also feel that since he’s been with the first team he is growing constantly as a coach. The key to his success? Having faith in his players and getting them to believe in themselves.”

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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