Paul Pogba it seems often acts before he thinks. Either that, or he just doesn’t care?
His latest comments during a press-conference with the French national team, Thursday, will not have impressed fans of the Old Trafford club for whom he’s been less than stellar since re-joining in 2016.
When asked about a possible move to Real Madrid one day, the 27-year-old said, “All football players would love to play for Real Madrid. It is a dream for me. Why not one day?”
Pogba has split the proletariat at Manchester United, some fans recognizing him as a world-class operator, others tired and fed up with his antics and inconsistencies, would love to see the back of him.
Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer seems to have a soft-spot, after all he nurtured the Frenchman through United’s reserves after he first came to England from Le Havre eleven years ago.
But many United fans still with fresh memories of losing favourites of the recent past, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish giant, will be angered at Pogba’s latest comments.
Pogba also stated during the press-conference that he’s not had any discussions with United in respect of a contract extension.
“No-one has told me anything,” he said. “I have not spoken to [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward. We haven’t spoken about a new deal.
“At the moment, I am in Manchester and I am concentrating about getting back to my best form. I love my club. I am playing in Manchester, I’m having fun and I want to do everything to put the club where it deserves.”
Pogba had regularly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. The Covid pandemic quelled all the chatter, at least for now, but the player’s contract runs out next summer with an option for 2022.
Plenty of United fans won’t be sorry to see the Frenchman go particularly if it generates big money to aid much-needed team rebuilding.
Management at the club, who consider Pogba one of their prize assets however, may not be on the same page.
If the player really does dream of playing for Real Madrid, the clock is ticking and at 27 his window of opportunity is diminishing quickly.
It’s now or never, it would seem.