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Didier Deschamps said the agents can “say what they want” after Paul Pogba’s manager said the French international wants to leave Manchester United perhaps in January.
Mino Raiola gave an interview to Tuttosport, to be published in full on Tuesday, stating that United should let the 27-year-old go when the transfer window opens, as he has no intention of extending his contract beyond 2022.
Pogba, who has scored two goals in 13 appearances this season, has been regularly linked with moves to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and former club Juventus.
Italian media outlet Tuttosport released a preview of the interview on Monday, in which Raiola spoke of Pogba’s unhappiness at Old Trafford.
“It’s no use going around him,” he said. “It is better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time.
Paul is not happy. He is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him. You have to change teams; have to change the air.
Here are the 4 teams we will face @FIFA World Cup Qualification!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
– French team (@FrenchTeam) December 7, 2020
“He has a contract that expires in a year and a half, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell it in the next market.”
However, Pogba’s international coach Deschamps is not interested in Raiola’s comments, insisting that Pogba’s current status as a United player is the only thing that matters.
“If I start to react to the reactions of the agent, the uncle, the dog, the grandfather or the grandmother … they say what they want,” he said at a press conference. “For me the important thing is the player. They have to make professional decisions.
“It is early December and Paul is in Manchester, although we do not know what could happen.
“Some may change clubs. I can give an opinion if asked, but certainly not advice. It’s their career and it’s up to them to make their decisions. “
Deschamps spoke after his French team faced Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kazakhstan in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
The starters, ranked second in the world, are expected to pass through Group D, but Deschamps refuses to let go.
“We can have different interpretations of a tie,” he said. “We know Ukraine and Finland very well, as we got to know them recently. But we have never played against Kazakhstan, for example. The trips will be very long.
“We will have to wait until Tuesday night to get the schedule. This can bring additional difficulties. I’m not going to jump on the roof. You always have to have enough humility and respect for these teams.
“France is the favorite, but we will have to do what is necessary on the ground. We are seeded, so obviously we are supposed to be the best team. We will have to see if this is an advantage or a disadvantage.
“Even if we are stronger on paper, we must not do less. We will have to have the same focus and determination if we want to qualify. “