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Paul Pogba could still leave Man Utd amid Real Madrid links, claims brother

By Ollie Thomas

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba applauds fans after 4-0 win over Chelsea

Published: 13:07, 16 August 2019

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is still keen on leaving the club, according to brother Mathias.

Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer and, despite the English transfer window closing, it appears that he may still depart Old Trafford in the coming weeks.

Pogba to Madrid? Five things to know…

  • Paul Pogba rejoined Man Utd in 2016 for £89 million.
  • Nobody registered more league goals (13) or assists (9) for United than the Frenchman last season.
  • He said in June that he may be after “a new challenge” amid Madrid links.
  • Madrid have already signed Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy this summer.
  • They have already reportedly had a bid of £30 million + James Rodriguez rejected by United.

Speaking on TV show El Chiringuito, Mathias said: “Of course Florentino [Perez, Real president] can get him, nothing is impossible in life. If you can’t stay and play where you are, you can stay and you’re done.

“I can’t assure you that he is going to stay at United. We know he wanted to move, but he’s not to blame. He’s waiting.

“He works hard and we’ll see what happens. In football, you never know. Until September 2 everything can happen.”

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has spoken publicly of his admiration for compatriot Pogba, even saying that Pogba should join Los Blancos once he is done at Man Utd.

However, given the big money Perez and co. have already spent this summer, it is likely that they will have to sell before they can buy again. The fact that United would have to wait until January to find a replacement may also hinder Madrid’s attempts to sign Pogba.

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Solskjaer saves United?

At the start of the 2018/19 season, it seemed almost inconceivable that Pogba wouldn’t move away from Manchester in the summer window.

His relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho totally collapsed as the two were filmed having a bizarre confrontation in training and culminating in Mourinho leaving Pogba out of their 3-1 defeat at Anfield in December.

However, things changed when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed. Pogba has started every single league game since the Norwegian took charge, scoring 10 goals and creating six more in the second half of last season to head United’s ultimately unsuccessful Champions League charge.

Pogba has said that he is “having fun” at Utd at the moment, however, it seems unlikely that he will still be at Old Trafford next season should they fail to qualify for the Champions League again.