Zinedine Zidane appointment a ‘game-changer’ for Paul Pogba at Man Utd

Paul Pogba limps away from France training with injury

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Zinedine Zidane being appointed the next Manchester United boss would be a “game-changer” for Paul Pogba, according to reports. Former Real Madrid manager Zidane is among the favourites to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the Norwegian were to be sacked. And he could have an influence on the future of fellow Frenchman Pogba.

Pogba has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old will be allowed to speak to foreign clubs come January 1 regarding a free transfer next summer.

Pogba has long been linked with a move away from United and previously stated his admiration of Zidane when he was Real boss.

However, Zidane left the Bernabeu for a second time at the end of last season.

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Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry says Pogba still wants to play under Zidane.

And he claims seeing him become United boss could persuade Pogba to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

“With regard to Zidane, Pogba himself is keen to play under Zidane,” McGarry said.

“We know that he wanted to go to Real Madrid when Zidane was in his second spell there.

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“That would certainly be a game-changer for Pogba if he thought that Zidane was going to come in.

“Pogba is one of the players unhappy with Solskjaer, as a senior member of the squad, along with Bruno Fernandes.

“And Pogba therefore would be open to changing his mind about leaving United should Zidane become the head coach, which in a way is not exactly surprising given that Zidane obviously has links to the legend of the French national team, and Pogba sees himself as not on a par with Zidane but certainly the potential to be as important a player in the history of French football as Zidane is.”

McGarry says Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has held talks with United over the player’s future.

And he has set two demands for if the player were to leave in January.

“[Raiola] has had conversations with Manchester United and made a certain list of demands with regards to Pogba’s potential move in January,” McGarry added.

“One of them is, on the basis of what he cost Manchester United, then the fee should be no more than what is the remainder of his contract, compared to the money they paid.

“Which would see him valued at under €20m (£16.8m), which seems amazing but there you go.

“But also that should Pogba leave in January, then he should be paid a loyalty – irony in brackets – bonus that he’s due at the end of his contract in July. That we believe amounts to around €4.5m (£3.7m) net.”

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