Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has said he would welcome Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at the Bernabeu.
Manager Zinedine Zidane has already expressed his admiration for his fellow countryman and now one of his own players has made similar comments. The Brazilian said:
“A player of his level is compatible with any player in the world. We know he is a great player, but we cannot talk about a player who is not here with the team. We know that if he comes to Madrid he will be very welcome because we know he is a great player.”
Fans on Twitter were not best pleased about Casemiro’s remarks:
Paul Labile Pogba isn't for sale. He will not join your club. I advice you look elsewhere.
— 💎™ (@WazzaEra) April 12, 2019
He isn't for sale , go and buy Eriksen
— unitedAP (@Theunitedway18) April 12, 2019
Casemiro, I'll advise you to concentrate on your club and stop destabilizing @paulpogba
— Stanley Kanu (@kanustanley) April 12, 2019
Should ask for 250mil just for jokes
— un11ted (@Miru_zx) April 12, 2019
Ah… the public campaign of Madrid players, staff and newspaper courting Pogba is in full flow. Great 🙄
— Gav (@ex_square) April 12, 2019
Paul will never leave bruh
— Peter (@PJeff11) April 12, 2019
The tapping up begins this is the way Madrid play it get their players to do it for them 😂😂
— Robertmcgimpsey (@daniandbob) April 12, 2019
Hope the players who hope to play for Madrid realise the abuse they will receive from the fans
— AinsleyHarriott🔰 (@heathster696969) April 12, 2019
Both Madrid and Barcelona players do tend to make comments in public, encouraging targets to sign for their clubs.
Whether it is a deliberate tactic or not, it does unsettle players and United supporters are not taking too kindly to one of their best players being courted in such a manner.
There have been reports in Spain that Pogba has already decided to leave Old Trafford this summer but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shot down those rumours, saying the 26-year-old is happy to stay put.
However, it seems this transfer story will not go away and we may be in for a long summer of speculation about the Frenchman.