‘I’m still a United Player’ – Pogba plays down Barcelona transfer rumours


Paul Pogba has yet again dismissed rumours suggesting he could be on the move away from United in the near future.

The Manchester United midfielder continues to be in the news regarding a future away from Old Trafford as rumours of a sour relationship with Jose Mourinho continue to hover.

Pogba has not enjoyed the best return to Old Trafford following his world cup exploits with France and recent performances have shown that his heart might lie elsewhere as concerns continue to grow about his relationship with Jose Mourinho.

While Pogba has not totally dismissed news suggesting a rift with the Portuguese manager, the world cup winner has refused to be drawn into rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.

The La Liga giants have been linked with Pogba since the summer and have not hidden their interest in the flamboyant midfielder despite missing out on his signature in the close season.

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Gerald Pique and Luis Suarez have already spoken of their admiration for the former Juventus midfielder and have already said he will be a welcome addition to the Blaugrana’s already star-studded midfield.

The Frenchman has shrugged off suggestions that he will be joining the Spanish Champions anytime soon and has reiterated his commitment to Manchester United.

Pogba commented on the uncertainty surrounding his future this week and suggested that  he remained committed to Red Devils thus playing down the persistent rumours regarding a future in La Liga.

Speaking to Telefoot, he said: “Talking about a transfer, I’m under contract. There have been some little things with the coach, the relationship is always the same – coach and player. We have common goals, which are to win.

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“As long as you don’t see me in the Barcelona jersey, it’s because I’m at Manchester, there will always be rumours” he added.

While Pogba has remained a sort of scape-goat at United, his world cup exploits have earned him a hero status in France after guiding the country to world cup glory, and the 25-year-old says it has changed him in many ways.

“It’s wonderful, the world champion’s life, our life is changing, people’s perceptions are changing too, I’m always the same” he added. “The change in me was made during the World Cup, I needed to become more mature, growing up, it was everything. I have a very good relationship with coach Didier Deschamps, he told me about his experience and I took it into account.”

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The 25-year old also spoke about his world cup speech in the France dressing room for which he has been credited with motivating Les Bleus to their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

The former Juventus star charged his team-mates saying they had 90 minutes to “write the story” and “change everything” but he says he was just saying what everyone else had in mind.

“I did not feel like doing it before. There with the World Cup, I freed myself, it’s me who speaks but it’s in everyone’s mind,” he said.

Pogba is set to appear for Les Bleus against Netherlands on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League before reuniting with Manchester United for their Premier League clash against surprise package Watford on September 15.