Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has apparently told Paul Pogba that if he wants to leave the club, he should ask for a transfer.
Pogba’s future has been the subject of much debate since speculation about a bid from Barcelona emerged just over a week ago.
Though that amounted to nothing, and Barcelona officials have been quick to curry favour with United to not damage the lines of communication, doubts remain about Pogba’s long term future at Old Trafford, particularly under the guidance of notorious agent Mino Raiola.
From The Sun:
JOSE MOURINHO and Paul Pogba’s relationship hit a new low after an extraordinary bust-up.
The Manchester United boss warned him not to air his grievances in the media and said if he wants to quit the club “again” he should ask for a transfer.
Pogba hit back by telling Mourinho if he plans to speak to him formally again he should go through his agent Mino Raiola.
Mourinho delivered his no-nonsense message after ordering the Frenchman in for showdown talks in the wake of Pogba’s comments following United’s 2-1 opening-day win over Leicester.
An unhappy Pogba had told newspaper reporters: “There are things I can say and there are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fine.”
A furious Mourinho told Pogba he did not appreciate those comments and added, “If you wish to leave Manchester, again, all you have to do is ask for a transfer”. The ‘again’ was a dig at him having quit the club in 2012 to earn more money at Juventus before his £89million return two years ago.
Pogba stood his ground in the meeting and told Mourinho that if he wanted to speak that way to him he should go via Raiola.
Mourinho was left bemused by Pogba’s post-match comments having made him captain and praised him afterwards.
But the bad blood is hanging over from last season when the pair fell out leading to Mourinho dropping and subbing the player.
Mourinho is understood to blame agent Raiola for a lot of the unrest with reports of Pogba wanting a move to Barcelona.