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Jose Mourinho 'in the dark' over Paul Pogba's Manchester United future

Written by: Shivam Tiwari

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However, the Portuguese tactician has insisted the France international has never asked to leave the club.

Jose Mourinho is uncertain about what is on the wishlist of World Cup winner Paul Pogba. The French midfielder is said to be keen to leave Manchester United for one of the top two La Liga teams, but the manager doesn't know what his star midfielder wants and whether he will stay or not.

Pogba and his manager Mourinho have had a bittersweet relationship throughout their two years of working together and it looks like the midfielder has finally decided on putting an end to these "wars" by joining some other team.

Mourinho though has continued to claim that nothing like it has been put into his ears by the player or his agent as of yet.

"In this moment I'm completely in the dark," Mourinho said ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford. "The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never, never in all these days we are together, told me he wants to leave.

"Paul came back after the World Cup in the week before the start of the Premier League. So, we have been together for about two months or so and he has never told me that he wants to leave.

"So I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen to. I have no direct relation with the people that write or the people I listen to.

"I have a direct relationship with 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."

The Manchester United boss also took digs at the media, claiming he gets to read things that don't happen.


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When questioned if Mino Roila (Pogba's agent) is getting his player a move away, the United boss said, "I don't know if that is true," he added. "I need the agent to tell you (the media) in a way that I can see.

"For example this week I read a few things that Gareth Southgate supposedly said, but then I watched the footage and he didn't say at all what was written.

"So if I watch Mr Raiola saying on the screen that the player wants to leave and that he is organizing a way for him to try to leave then I will believe."

Published: Sat Sep 15, 2018 02:18 PM IST

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