There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about Paul Pogba with reports suggesting he is once again angling for a move away from Manchester United, though according to his agent, that isn’t necessarily the case.
The France international hasn’t featured for Manchester United since late September due to a troublesome ankle injury, though has recently returned to training with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopeful he can return to action before the end of 2019.
There have been reports that members within the Old Trafford hierarchy think he may have played his last game for the club, with the player said to be seeking an exit in the upcoming January window, though according to his agent, Mino Raiola, the midfielder wants to win trophies with United, while also managing to take a pop at Gary Neville who has been a strong critic of Pogba.
“Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United,” Raiola said in an interview with the Telegraph.
“Okay there was big interest from Real Madrid and Manchester didn’t let him go. We didn’t make a fuss about it and he didn’t make a fuss about it because I work in accordance with the player.
“You know other players can bring things to extreme but Paul doesn’t like that. So you work differently. There was an interest from Real Madrid but they (United) didn’t let him go and I’m sorry because I think that Paul being French then (Zinedine) Zidane is an important factor in French football history.
“But Paul is not the guy I hear about from (Gary) Neville and all the frustrated ex-players who say, ‘he should be ashamed of this, ashamed of that’. Ashamed of what? He is working every day and doing his best.
“He’s not complaining there is no Champions League. Is he perfect? Nobody is. Is he also responsible for failure? He feels so. If you are in a team you are responsible for failure.”
Pogba has 18 months left on his deal with United, though the club do have a clause which would allow them to extend it by a further year.