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Deschamps: Mourinho/Pogba rift ‘exagerated’

France manager Didier Deschamps has said that talk about the fractious relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho has been exaggerated.

The Manchester United manager and his £89 million star signing are reported to have a troubled relationship, with the Portuguese recently stripping the midfielder of the vice-captaincy, despite only handing him the role just weeks before.

The pair were also filmed during what looked like a frosty conversation, supposedly regarding the player’s social media activity during United’s Carabao Cup defeat to Derby last month.

However, speaking about the midfielders relationship with his club manager, France manager Didier Deschamps doesn’t think it is as bad as the media have made out:

“I think that it is exaggerated. Maybe you didn’t watch the last game because I saw a great Paul Pogba,” Deschamps said ahead of France’s friendly with Iceland on Thursday.

“I think that Jose Mourinho saw the same thing as me. Some things happened, and I think that like often, we make a big deal of maybe not so much.

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“It’s true that there are some facts, and some may have jumped to certain conclusions.

“When I see how Paul behaves towards his current club situation some may say that he’s done everything he could mentally and when it comes to his individual performances to help the club.

“There is no issue with Paul. I don’t want to be mixed up with anything and to interfere with any player’s relationship with their coach.”

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