Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to talk of Paul Pogba quitting Manchester United for Real Madrid.
According to AS, Pogba had turned down the offer of a new contract with the Reds because of plans to leave the club this summer.
The France international had a poor relationship with former manager José Mourinho and many thought the Portuguese tactician would push Pogba out before he jumped.
But the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December saw a rejuvenated Pogba, though his levels have dropped in recent weeks.
Pogba was quoted by Sky Sports recently saying it would be a dream to play for Real Madrid, while also stating he is happy at United.
The midfielder is clearly keeping his options open but Solskjaer isn’t worried at all by the player’s comments as he believes the 26-year-old was only answering the question politely. BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone quoted the United boss, as seen in the tweet below.
OGS on @paulpogba: “Paul is a very nice + polite man who answered a general q on Zidane. Paul’s happy here, he’s gonna be a big part for us. We want to build our team around him and that hasn’t changed at all.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 1, 2019
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was also asked about Pogba during a recent press conference.
“I know him personally,” he said before his side took on Huesca, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“He brings so much and there are few players who bring as much as he does.”
Zidane returned to Madrid on 11 March less than 10 months after leaving the Bernabeu.
“He’s a midfielder who knows how to defend and how to attack.
“But he is not my player, he is at Manchester.
“He has always said that, after Manchester, Madrid has always interested him. So when his experience at Manchester ends, why not come here to Madrid?”
It would be a shame to lose a talent like Pogba but he must do better for United. His return to the club has been stop-start, and we really need to see consistency between now and the end of the season.
Let’s see how he does against Barcelona…