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Former Chelsea star describes why Pogba is struggling mentally after World Cup

Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has suggested that Paul Pogba could be suffering from ‘a kind of depression’ following the euphoria of winning the World Cup this summer.

As always, there has been plenty of attention on Paul Pogba this season, where he has already been handed and stripped of the vice-captaincy at Manchester United, and has been at loggerheads with manager Jose Mourinho.

However, while his performances for the Old Trafford outfit have been up-and-down, to say the least, he did produce some top-drawer performances for France this summer, as Les Bleus won their second World Cup.

The French last got their hands on that famous gold trophy back in 1998, with former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf part of that historic side, and having experienced the highs of winning the greatest trophy in football, he has suggested that Pogba could be suffering from depression.

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“It was very hard to come back to Chelsea, to the training ground, to start running, to think we had to play the first game away to Coventry,” Leboeuf told ESPN.

“As Paul said, you touch the stars. For thousands of people it wasn’t a dream, it was a fantasy. Suddenly you win it and you have to find the goals to make sure you still have a big appetite in football.

“You go through a kind of a depression where you have to find what you’re fighting for.

“Maybe that’s what Paul is living right now with all the players. You have to find back the pleasure of being back with your friends and liking sweating and suffering for the sake of it.

“It comes little by little. You have to work hard to try and win trophies, it’s the only way to make sure you’re still concerned about your sport.”

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