Paul Pogba still has some “unfinished business” at Manchester United and should forget about a Real Madrid move, says Robert Pires.
As part of a massive summer squad overhaul, Real manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly set his sights on signing fellow Frenchman Pogba.
Latest reports have indicated that Pogba is keen to make a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu. Apparently, the lure of playing under Zidane and Champions League football next season is simply too good to ignore.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s second stint at United has been nothing but underwhelming. Therefore, a chance to leave behind his Old Trafford struggles and take on a fresh challenge in Spain undoubtedly has him interested.
But Pires reckons his compatriot Pogba would be making a bad call swapping United for Los Blancos as he’s yet to make himself a “real leader” for the Red Devils, who spent a whopping €105m to sign him from Juventus in 2016.
“My view about Paul Pogba is that he’s a great player, but I also know that last season especially was very difficult for him,” the Arsenal legend told the Daily Mirror.
“A lot of people just talk about the transfer because Manchester United spent a lot of money.
“So maybe that was difficult for him to handle, particularly at the beginning. But for me, the most important thing is for him to continue at United.
“It is one of the best and biggest clubs in the world – and he has unfinished business.
“The reason United spent such a huge amount of money on him is that they believed a lot in Paul because he can be a real leader for their team.
“When the club spend a lot of money like this for you, it’s because they have faith in you.
“That’s why it’s very important to have this point in your head. I know Paul is very intelligent about this.
“They have invested a lot in him, so I believe it’s very important that he stays at United and delivers what they know he can produce.”
Pogba managed 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions for United last season.
The France international is under contract until June 2022 and has a market value of €100m.