September 14, 2018
Jose Mourinho is “completely in the dark” in regards to the motives of Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola, however stressed out that the Manchester United midfielder hasn’t ever informed him that he wants to go away.
A cloud hangs over the club-record signing a month into the 2018-19 campaign, with studies of a stressful dating with the chief compounded by means of an obvious need to transfer on.
Pogba even reportedly informed govt vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his want to go away Old Trafford as Barcelona rotated, whilst the midfielder has up to now have shyed away from publicly committing to an aspect he returned to in 2016.
Former captain Gary Neville says that, as a fan, he would be at liberty to see the 25-year-old go away if his focal point used to be no longer on United, however Mourinho says the World Cup winner has no longer informed him that he wants to move.
The Portuguese defined: “Paul got here again after the World Cup within the week before we began the Premier League, so we’re in combination for roughly two months or so.
“He by no means informed me he wants to go away. Never. So, I will be able to simplest touch upon what’s actual for me, no longer in what I learn, no longer in what I concentrate.
“I don’t have any direct relation with the folk that write or the folk that concentrate.
“I’ve an immediate relation with the players – no longer (just) Paul, the players – and he by no means informed me he wants to go away.”
Asked if he idea Pogba sought after to keep, Mourinho retorted: “If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?”
The United supervisor can even take what he reads about Pogba’s agent with a pinch of salt till implication turns into particular.
Earlier this year Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed Raiola introduced the France global to him, with chatter proceeding to bubble alongside into different alternatives in terms of shifting.
“If I watch Mr Raiola on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe,” Mourinho mentioned.
“But on this second, I’m utterly at nighttime.
“The simplest factor this is transparent for me is that the player by no means – in all nowadays we’re in combination – informed me he wants to go away.”
Pogba has, even though, up to now mentioned that he could be fined if he spread out about his happiness, whilst over the global damage he mentioned “who knows what will happen in the next few months?”
“You have to ask him,” Mourinho mentioned when requested about such feedback. “As a supervisor, I tell you the reality.
“That’s his problem, that’s his relation(send) with the media – no longer with me. I’m really not going to touch upon that.”
Pogba’s long run used to be the topic of rife hypothesis over the summer time, as used to be compatriot Anthony Martial’s.
The ahead has no longer at all times noticed eye-to-eye with Mourinho and used to be fined for the manner he went about getting back from United’s American pre-season excursion for the start of his 2d kid.
Martial’s deal runs out subsequent summer time, despite the fact that the membership have an possibility for the following year, whilst the contracts of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata also are working down.
“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho mentioned when requested about that quartet.
“We had a identical dialog ultimate season about Marouane (Fellaini) and I used to be at all times pronouncing ‘I hope he stays, I believe he stays’.
“I say the similar and I am hoping that they keep. Of direction, I’m pleased with the players.
“David is David (De Gea), little need of extra phrases.
“Luke’s evolution makes us consider he is going in the appropriate path and naturally I would like to stay him.
“Juan and Ander, although they don’t seem to be taking part in or no longer taking part in so much, no longer beginning fits, by means of the character point-of-view and persona point-of-view, by means of what they constitute within the trendy society in soccer, they’re nearly distinctive pieces that I additionally don’t need to lose.”
– Press Association
September 19, 2018