Zidane and Real Madrid have found a new “Pogba” in Fede Valverde

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8th September, 2019

If for any reason, the Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane suddenly loses interest in signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United in the next transfer window, the blame should be placed squarely on the shoulder of one person – Fede Valverde.

The way this young man has been playing for the Los Blancos of recent has surely made the club’s followers to start asking the question: “Does Real Madrid really need to sign Paul Pogba?”

Following Real Madrid’s unsuccessful attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United in the summer, the recent impressive displays of Fede Valverde have left Los Blancos confident that they are better off without the Frenchman.

When the team’s coach, Zinedine Zidane came on board some weeks back, he identified Pogba as his top priority to strengthen a midfield that had been lacking energy and youth among other things, and was desperate for his fellow countryman to join the club. 

Zidane was left with few choices other than those he worked with in his first spell at the club following the sale of players like Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente as well as the loan departure of Dani Ceballos.

The situation was further worsened by early season injuries in that department, particularly to Luka Modric.

This naturally  made Zidane’s life more difficult but it was during that period in which he discovered that the solution to his midfield problems had been in front of him all along. That solution has a name attached to it – Fede Valverde.

“It’s true that I’m happy for him,” Zidane said of Valverde after the 4-2 win over Granada.

“He’s very good and he’s always shown that. He’s growing.

“He always moves forward, he wants the ball and he’s been key for two goals [against Granada].”

It is not just the coach that is clearly very delighted, but so are the club after deciding not to part ways with an amount in excess of 120 million euros to sign Pogba.

Team coach, Zinedine Zidane has discovered a tenacious midfielder in Valverde who has provided Madrid with many of the qualities that the coach had been looking for from a big name and, at just 21 years of age, Los Blancos appear to have a gem in their ranks for a long time to come.