Tennis superstar and Real Madrid supporter Rafael Nadal has warned the Spanish giants over signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion was recently asked in a post-match conference about the state of Real Madrid, their transfer window deals this summer and his ambitions for next season. Nadal admitted that the club went through a torrid time last season as they finished third in the La Liga and were embarrassingly knocked-out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
However, the 33-year old claimed that he has always been confident about his Real Madrid team. When asked about whether he would want Paul Pogba at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, he gave a slightly mixed response.
“Pogba is a great player,” the Spaniard said. “Sometimes the money is crazy, so I don’t want something that I believe is exaggerated in terms of money. That’s all.”
Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after a forgettable latter half of the season. Even though the Frenchman was Manchester United’s top-scorer in the Premier League, he received constant criticism from fans due to his body language and passionless approach.
Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid have shown considerable interest in the 26-year old, but having already spent over €350m on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic this summer, it will be difficult for the Spanish club to shell out another 100m for Pogba.
Rafael Nadal voiced the same point when he iterated that the “money is crazy”.
Paul Pogba is currently in Australia, as he prepares to kick off Manchester United’s preseason tour. The 2018 World Cup winner has also attracted former club Juventus, however, no club has placed any official bids yet.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently claimed that Paul Pogba is not going anywhere, heaping praise on the star midfielder.
“I’ve spoken to Paul and most of the players and, as far as I’m aware, we don’t have any bids for our players so,” the Norwegian said. “Paul’s never put himself out of the team, he’s always wanted to play and he’s always given his best. Paul’s never been a concern for me. When he is on the pitch he’s working hard, a true pro, a proud boy.
Rafael Nadal yesterday defeated Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and is now awaiting a titanic semi-final clash against legendary rival Roger Federer which is due to be played tomorrow.