Mourinho: ‘Pogba has never asked to leave Man Utd’
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Mourinho: ‘Pogba has never asked to leave Man Utd’

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Paul Pogba has been in the news consistently, with various reports linking the Frenchman with a move away from United.

With the United midfielder not doing anything to cool off speculations.

But Mourinho does not have any reason to think the midfielder has his eyes set on a move to another team.

“Pogba came back after the World Cup the week before we started the Premier League,” he told reporters. “We are together two months or so. He never told me he wants to leave. Never. He never told me he wants to leave.

“I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen. I have no direct relation with the people that write or the people that listen. I have a direct relation with the players – not only Paul – the players. And he never told me he wants to leave.

“If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?”

With Shaw, Herrera, Mata and a host of other first team players out of contract after this season, Mourinho expects the club to tie them down.

“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho said. “We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane [Fellaini] and I was always saying I hope he stays, I believe he stays. I say the same. I hope they stay.

“Of course, I am happy with the players. Luke’s evolution made us believe he goes in the right direction and of course I want to keep him.

“Juan and Ander, even if they are not playing or not playing a lot, not starting matches, by the personality point-of-view and character point-of-view, by what they represent in the modern society in football, they are almost unique pieces that I also don’t want to lose.”

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