Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been urged to snub a move to Manchester United and join Real Madrid in the summer. The French midfielder's former youth coach Sambou Tati believes Zinedine Zidane's desire to take him to the Santiago Bernabeu should be motivation enough to reject offers from other interested clubs.
According to the Independent, Jose Mourinho has made Pogba his priority target during the upcoming summer transfer window and is ready to fork out a large part of his transfer budget to bring the midfielder back to Old Trafford. The 23-year-old midfielder, who left the Red Devils for £800,000 ($1.1m) in 2012, is now valued at €100m (£79.2m, $112m) after he established himself as one of the best in Europe in the last four seasons with Juventus.
The Portuguese manager however, will not have it easy to lure him back to his former club as his former club Real, have also made overtures in taking him to the Bernabeu. Spanish publication AS reports that 11-time Champions League winners are planning talks with the player's agent Mino Raiola as they look to beat off interest from other clubs.
Tati, who was one of Pogba's youth coaches during his spell at Roissy-en-Brie, has encouraged his former charge to pick Real over other clubs. He believes the manager's desire to work with a player is paramount when making a decision to join a new club.
"As a Madrid fan, I'd advise him to sign [for the club]," Roissy-en-Brie president Tati said, as quoted by AS.
"I've read that [Real boss Zinedine] Zidane likes him a lot. That's the most important thing. If the coach wants him, everything's easier. For me, Real Madrid would be a good choice," the Frenchman's former coach added.