Manchester United's Paul Pogba on Paris Saint-Germain links and relationship with manager Jose Mourinho
Posted: 21 May 2018 Time: 19:00
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he doesn't need to be best friends with Jose Mourinho and revealed his thoughts on the recent links with Paris Saint-Germain.
Pogba returned to United last season in a club-record £89m deal but has often been made the scapegoat for their recent underwhelming showings in the Premier League.
His frosty relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has been well documented in English media and the latest reports suggested that he may be considering a move to his native country, with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain expressing interest.
"We are never sure of anything but contractually it's sure, yes," he told Sky Sports when quizzed about his future. "I can never look far into the future. It also depends how it goes with the club, how things work out.
"I grew up with a father and a mother who were Marseille supporters. Paris (PSG) was never really part of my daily life. But later on, yes why not play at the Parc des Princes? It's a great pitch and a nice stadium."
In reference to Mourinho and their alleged breakdown in relationship this season, Pogba denied the notions, while issuing a level of respect to the former Real Madrid coach.
"There were times where I wasn't playing, I was on the bench. There was a lot of talk, people thought it wasn't working out," Pogba said.
"But a coach and a player don't have to be best friends, we don't have to go to restaurants together. I had a few little problems too... football is sometimes all about the mental side. He put me on the bench and I gave my response on the pitch. I always give everything I've got.
"He made me progress in leadership. I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club, it's important for me, it makes me grow to be also a leader in the France team."