Raiola: Madrid fantastic for Pogba

Mino Raiola claims Real Madrid would be a “fantastic” platform for Paul Pogba to realise his “dreams” of winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Raiola revealed in his interview with Marca on Monday that talks had been initiated between him and Madrid over a summer transfer for Pogba, and he went on to state that the Santiago Bernabeu was his preferred destination for the Juventus midifelder.

“Of course [Zinedine Zidane’s presence would sway his decision]. Great teams have that strength, but I have to analyse everything as a representative, and Zidane may be at Real Madrid today and not tomorrow,” the agent continued.

“We’ve seen it with [Laurent] Blanc and [Pep] Guardiola, so clearly we shouldn’t choose a Coach and instead [choose] a project, a club.

“A club won’t invest significant money for the will of the Coach or because he thinks that the player is important for their project. A club must want the player and believe in him.

“[On his best position], that’s the enigma of Paul. He can play in many positions, thus there’s debate about [which is his best].

“He likes to give assists and attack. Look at his numbers and you will notice that he gives assists and scores 10 or 12 goals a season.

“Juve wanted to play him as a No 10. As Italian football is more defensive, Paul was made to play back and forth. Few players are like him, he’s almost perfect. In each game, he runs 12-13km.

“He dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or and being the best player in the world in his position. That’s very clear.

“Definitely [would Madrid allow him to realise his ambitions]. Real Madrid are a fantastic team for him to do so. You can’t deny the history of a club like them. Real Madrid are unique.

“I can’t discuss their history because they have no equal. Zidane and Real Madrid have always represented something special. They’re admired.

“There are other important clubs like [Manchester] United, who were part of his life, Barcelona have their three attackers, PSG are in Paris and he has a house there, but Real Madrid …

“He’s an outgoing, happy person, and he thanks God a lot for everything he’s experiencing. He’s fun and he likes to dance, but he doesn’t like clubs or parties much. He likes to be at home.”

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