” 1 Paul Pogba in action for Manchester United Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Real Madrid were in for Paul Pogba in the summer. The Spanish giants were heavily linked with a move for the midfielder before he eventually sealed a record-breaking ?89m switch to Manchester United. Real boss Zidane has spoken highly of his fellow Frenchman in the past, and he has now conceded that the club had attempted to rival United for Pogba’s signature.

Speaking to Radio Montecarlo, Zidane said: “He could have come. “There were conversations to try and sign him but it didn’t go ahead.” ” ” Gregor Townsend has made four changes to his Scotland team to play France, with Peter Horne given the no.10 shirt. Hornes replaces Finn Russell for the Six Nations Test in Paris, full-back Blair Kinghorn and centre Nick Grigg have also been given the nod, while fit-again back-row forward Magnus Bradbury has earned a recall following his Edinburgh comeback last weekend.

1 Finn Russell will not play for Scotland against France All four changes to Gregor Townsend’s team were enforced by injury following Scotland’s defeat by Ireland. Russell was ruled out with a head injury he suffered playing for Racing 92 while Glasgow trio Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones and Ryan Wilson were all injured against Ireland.

Bradbury made a try-scoring, man-of-the-match return from a four-month absence through shoulder problems as Edinburgh beat Dragons on Friday night.1xbett.mobi Townsend is optimistic the latest injuries will not derail his side’s preparations. LATEST RUGBY UNION NEWS LISTEN Warren Gatland ‘categorically’ rules out coaching England Info When is the next British and Irish Lions tour? Warren Gatland confirmed as Head Coach LION TAMER Warren Gatland named British and Irish Lions coach for 2021 tour “Injuries create opportunities for others to show what they can do and, throughout the past couple of seasons, we’ve seen a number of players really step up,” he said. “All of the players coming in started against Argentina in the summer, which ranks as one of our best ever away performances. “On top of that there is cohesion forged through familiarity at club level – Magnus in the back row lines up with club-mate Jamie Ritchie, and Pete Horne and Nick Grigg are either side of Sam Johnson in the backs.” Starting XV Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Pete Horne, 9 Greig Laidlaw; 1 Allan Dell, 2 Stuart McInally, 3 Simon Berghan, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 8 Josh Strauss Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Gary Graham, 21 Ali Price, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Darcy Graham “