There have been a lot of talks about transfers coming up in summer, however, there are a few that simply cannot be missed. One of those is without a doubt the possibility of Pogba ending up in Real Madrid, a “dream club for any player” by his words. But will he leave Manchester United to join Los Blancos, or did will his heart stop him from moving?
The 26-year old midfielder has been widely considered to be one of the best players in the World, which justified his £94.50m transfer from Juventus back to Manchester United in 2016. After starting off his career in France, continuing it in England, Italy and returning back to England, Pogba just might test his abilities in Spanish LaLiga. That is what the transfer news has been suggesting for the past few weeks, as there have been talks about him moving to Real Madrid, which in a way would be a dream come true for him. But it’s not that simple.
Since arriving at Manchester United, Pogba failed to live up to the hype by some, while others defended him stating he is good at what he does. No matter on which end of the argument we stand, we can all agree he has made a special connection with the fans, players and coaches, however, no coach before had such a good relationship with Pogba as newly appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba praised the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before, stating he would like him to remain at the club and get a permanent job. This might not seem like a “big deal”, however it just might be. Before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at the club as a new coach, the relations in the club were quite chaotic. While Manchester United played under Mourinho, Pogba, among others did not hide his dissatisfaction with the club and with that, we can assume there was a certain desire to leave and join a new club. This however changed now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over United and not only improved the results but also relations inside the club. Pogba does not only seem happier, but he also started playing better.
When asked about a potential move Pogba responded with:
“For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”
Have you ever heard of the expression: “Happy wife, happy life”? Same can be applied here. If a player is happy in the club, has good relations with other players, fans and coach, there is no reason to leave, but when it comes to Pogba, the move to Real Madrid is tempting for two reasons. First of all, it’s Real Madrid. No matter if you like the club or are one of the biggest “haters”, there is no denying that playing in a club like Real Madrid is an honour. And secondly, Real Madrid has a new coach. The legendary Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, the football legend, who only adds to the prestige of Real Madrid. When push comes to shove, Paul Pogba will need to decide; either stay at Manchester United where he is happy or move to Real Madrid, which just might be once in a lifetime opportunity. While this is a question Pogba will most likely need to answer himself in the summer, for now, it all seems like he is moving nowhere. His statement about playing at Real Madrid would be an honour, is something we have heard numerous times before from other players, but more times than not the media seems to inflate the meaning behind the statement. It was a simple compliment. At the end of the day, it might be an honour, but Manchester is where he is happy.