Real Madrid ‘will NOT make moves for Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen in January’ as Florentino Perez demands Zinedine Zidane gets more out of his squad after £300m summer spree
- Real Madrid spent big this summer spending £300m on the likes of Eden Hazard
- Los Blancos also signed Luka Jovic and Eder Militao, who have underwhelmed
- Madrid were linked with January moves for Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen
- But president Florentino Perez has told Zidane to utilise the squad he has
Real Madrid will not do any transfer business in the January transfer window – ruling out moves for Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen, according to reports in Spain.
Los Blancos supremo Florentino Perez is said to have told manager Zinedine Zidane to instead utilise the squad he has after sanctioning a £300million spending spree in the summer, with many signings failing to deliver.
Madrid spent £130m to snare Eden Hazard from Chelsea, but the Belgian has found life in Spain tough and has scored just once so far, while forward Luka Jovic came in for £50m from Frankfurt but is yet to find the net.
Paul Pogba, who will be out until December through injury, will not move to Madrid in January
And despite the Spanish giants’ huge outlay, the side could still do with strengthening in midfield, and Zidane has long been an admirer of Manchester United’s Pogba.
But Perez is putting his foot down after watching Madrid’s new recruits underwhelm this season and has told Zidane to work his magic and get the best out of them, according to AS.
The French manager would likely only be able to add to his ranks in the case of a long-term injury that needs an emergency replacement, the report claims.
Other investments made by Madrid this summer include Eder Militao, who has played just four games this season after his £45m Porto move, while Ferland Mendy was drafted in from Lyon but has featured just twice after a number of injury woes.
Christian Eriksen’s may have to wait until next summer to play for Madrid when his deal expires
Zinedine Zidane has not been able to count on his star man Eden Hazard so far this season
Madrid have been heavily linked with both Pogba and Eriksen and the players were reportedly set to head to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
Tottenham’s Eriksen even issued a ‘come and get me plea’ to Madrid after admitting he might want to ‘try something new’ after six years in north London.
When asked about the Spanish side’s interest in June, he said: ‘It requires Real Madrid to call Tottenham and say they want Christian. And they have not done so yet, as far as I know.’
Luka Jovic has endured a tough time at Madrid since his £50m move, failing to score a goal
The 27-year-old’s Spurs contract expires next summer, and Madrid may wait until then to snap him up for free.
Meanwhile a possible Pogba move to Los Blancos has been mooted ever since Zidane returned to Madrid last year.
Madrid already have two star midfielders in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, but the duo are not getting any younger, with Kroos turning 30 in the new year and Modric at 34 years of age.
Madrid president has told Zidane to focus on his squad after spending £300m in the summer