Mino Raiola Says Paul Pogba Does Want To Stay At Manchester United
Paul Pogba doesn't want to leave Manchester United according to his agent Mino Raiola, although the superagent has still criticised the club for how it's being run.
There's been lots of speculation about Pogba's future in recent months, especially with the Frenchman being absent due to injuries, and Raiola even claimed at the beginning of the summer that the midfielder wanted to leave Old Trafford.
Pogba's agent has now backtracked on that original claim. Speaking to the Telegraph, Raiola said, "Paul wants to be successful and happy and wants to win prizes and he would love to do that with Manchester United.
"Okay there was big interest from Real Madrid and Manchester didn't let him go. We didn't make a fuss about it and he didn't make a fuss about it because I work in accordance with the player."
Raiola did hint that Pogba may have wanted to work with Zinedine Zidane and that a lack of support at United and a heavy amount of blame for things going wrong wasn't right, adding, "There was an interest from Real Madrid but they (United) didn't let him go and I'm sorry because I think that Paul being French then (Zinedine) Zidane is an important factor in French football history.
"But Paul is not the guy I hear about from (Gary) Neville and all the frustrated ex-players who say, 'he should be ashamed of this, ashamed of that'. Ashamed of what? He is working every day and doing his best. He's not complaining there is no Champions League. Is he perfect? Nobody is. Is he also responsible for failure? He feels so. If you are in a team you are responsible for failure."
Talking about the club as a whole the Italian born superagent criticised the lack of a director of football, "The club needs a specialist, a sports director, someone between the team, the coach and the owners, someone who can bridge the sides," he told the Telegraph.
"Today you need that specialist because the coach has no time to manage scouts and other tasks and I feel that is lacking at Manchester United."
And the 52-year-old also put the pressure on the club to get the best out of his client, saying, "Is there a better midfielder (than Pogba) in the world? No!
"If you come to that conclusion then the other conclusion is - now if you sell Paul Pogba would you buy a better one? No! Where is he?
"But if you create your identity then maybe you discover that Paul is ideal. If you, say, want to play with two holding midfielders then where does Paul play? In several positions."
Whatever Raiola is currently saying you can't help but feel that the end of Pogba's time at Old Trafford isn't that far off. Will he leave in the summer?