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Micah Richards Ruthlessly Dismantled Graeme Souness Over Paul Pogba Stance In Heated Debate On Live TV

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Micah Richards Ruthlessly Dismantled Graeme Souness Over Paul Pogba Stance In Heated Debate On Live TV

Micah Richards engaged in a heated debate with Graeme Souness on live TV over Paul Pogba's treatment compared to wantaway Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Kane, 28, revealed his desire to leave Tottenham this summer and has been heavily linked with Premier League champions Manchester City.

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However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly holding out for a staggering £160m for Kane, whose current Tottenham contract will expire in 2024.

Kane failed to turn up for Tottenham training in early August after spending time on a short holiday following England's Euro 2020 campaign.

Spurs' frustration over the wantaway striker reportedly intensified after Kane extended his holiday by travelling to Florida from the Bahamas.

Kane, who claimed he "never" refused to train in an emotionally charged statement, was not in Spurs' squad for their 1-0 win over City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

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The England captain's treatment has been called into question when compared with Pogba.

Pogba, whose current United deal will expire in 2022, has been criticised in the past after super-agent Mino Raiola expressed his client's desire to quit Old Trafford.

However, Richards staunchly defended the 28-year-old United midfielder by claiming he has "not done anything" and it is his agent who has "done the talking."

Speaking on Sky Sports, the ex-City right-back said: "His agent [Raiola] might have done the talking, but he's [Pogba] not done anything.

"He's just gone out there and tried to do the best he can possibly do. And Kane [is] the same, but that's what players want to do. But I've never heard him say [...]."

Souness interjected Richards' argument by claiming that Raiola is "echoing the thoughts of the player."

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Fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also entered the lively debate by suggesting that Pogba hasn't come out to dismiss his agent's remarks during an interview.

But Richards argued that Pogba wouldn't come out against Raiola publicly, despite his agent calling into question his future at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old Sky Sports pundit continued his passionate argument by pointing out the double standards between Kane's treatment to Pogba's.

"No, but I'm only mentioning it because it's similar to the Kane situation," Richards said.

"Kane's not turned up for training and we [are] calling him a saint, Pogba's never said he wanted to leave Man United but he's getting abuse."

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Topics: Paul Pogba, Micah Richards, Tottenham Hotspur, Football, Manchester United, England, Graeme Souness, Harry Kane

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