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Paul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future

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Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.

Ever since announcing he fancied a new challenge away from United in June, Pogba’s future has been shrouded in doubt.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane headed the chase for his fellow Frenchman’s signature in the summer. Although Juventus didn’t rule out making a move for their old star player themselves.

However, Pogba ultimately stayed put at Old Trafford and has since gone on to start in all four of United’s Premier League games. There are even rumours going about suggesting he could sign a new long-term contract now.

This didn’t stop Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos, however, from announcing the door is always open for Pogba’s potential arrival to the Santiago Bernabeu.

But it turns out that Ramos wasn’t one of the big players Pogba went to for advice on his future. Instead, the midfielder’s brother, Mathias, revealed that a shock name in Barcelona captain Messi was one of them.

“I know he’s spoken with a few players, but not Ramos,” Mathias told El Chringuito TV.

“Who? Oh, Messi. Sometimes, not always. Zlatan. [Antoine] Griezmann, because of the national team.”

When asked about anyone from the Spanish capital, he replied: “I don’t know about anyone from Real Madrid. Oh, [Raphael] Varane, yes, and yes, with Zidane, yes.”

The revelation that Pogba has spoken to Ibrahimovic over his future comes as no surprise given the close friendship they formed together at United. While he also knows Griezmann and Varane well from the French national team.

The Messi one, though, came out of the blue and is kind of ironic considering the Argentine plays for Real’s big rivals Barcelona.

Although Pogba did pay the Blaugrana superstar a huge compliment during last summer’s World Cup, when France eliminated Argentina in the last-16.

“We know that we are playing against probably the best player in the world,” he told TyC Sports last year.

“For 10 years now I have been watching him, learning from him. He makes me love football more, always.

“We want to play against the best, and today we won against the best. I will always be united with him, world-class players like him, that is all I want to say.”

Like his brother, Mathias is also a professional footballer who joined Spanish fourth division side CD Manchego in the summer.

AIRDRIE, SCOTLAND – JULY 15: Mathias Pogba of Partick Thistle looks on during the Betfred Cup first round match between Airdrie and Partick Thistle at Excelsior Stadium on July 15, 2016 in Airdrie, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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