Paul Pogba admits he ‘wants to feel loved’ at his next club and appears to aim a dig at Manchester United by suggesting ‘I need to enjoy what I do because otherwise I cannot perform well’ amid his acrimonious exit from Old Trafford
- Paul Pogba will leave Old Trafford at the end of June when his contract expires
- The French international admitted that he ‘wants to feel loved’ at his next club
- He will prioritise being valued and appreciated when considering his next deal
- Pogba rejoined Manchester United in 2016 for £89 million from Juventus
- He has been linked with moves to PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid this summer
- Red Devils legend Patrice Evra confessed: ‘Paul does not feel loved at United’
- Erik ten Hag is expected to fashion an overhaul at Old Trafford after Pogba’s exit
Manchester United’s soon-to-be free agent Paul Pogba admitted he ‘wants to be loved’ at his new club after leaving Old Trafford.
The French international is available for free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June, exactly a decade on from the last time he ran down his contract with the Red Devils.
Former club Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in Pogba – but it seems the midfielder will only move to employers who truly appreciate and value him.
Paul Pogba is linked with moves to Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain this summer
He is determined to feel ‘loved’ at his new club having built a troubled relationship with United
‘Everybody wants to feel loved, everyone needs that in your soul to feel appreciated,’ he told Uninterrupted.
‘Everything you do even when you grow up, when you do a good thing you like to hear well done, nice, it’s always been like that even adults we need that.
‘It’s always good to feel the work you do is appreciated that you’re doing well that people are happy with yourself.’
Whether it was condemning his performances, questioning his attitude or lamenting his £89 million transfer back to Manchester, several Red Devils fans have been critical of Pogba since his return in 2016.
In November last year, ex-United captain, fellow countryman and friend Patrice Evra said: ‘Paul does not feel love at United. The ex-players hate him.
Red Devils legend Patrice Evra feels that Pogba’s lifestyle damaged his reputation at the club
The Frenchman only made 20 Premier League appearances last season because of injury
‘Some fans don’t like his lifestyle so they hate him. I am not defending him just because he is like my little brother, but people are harsh on him.
‘Paul is just a player in that team. He is not United.’
A hamstring tear and a calf injury kept the midfielder out of action for much of last campaign, although he did manage to contribute nine assists and one goal in 20 Premier League appearances.
But with pressure mounting on the Manchester United squad like never before – due to a sixth-place finish and record-high 57 goals conceded in the Premier League – Pogba seemingly continued to feel undervalued and unappreciated at Old Trafford.
Some Man United fans angrily reacted when it was confirmed Pogba was leaving the club
The Frenchman is determined to make his next move a positive one both on and off the pitch.
He said: ‘I just want the best for me. I’m thinking, putting everything together, take my time, and I’m just looking for the best.
‘I want to play football, be myself always, and enjoy what I do.
The midfielder and United endured a tough campaign finishing sixth in the league on 58 points
‘I need to enjoy what I do because otherwise I cannot perform well. I don’t want to be thinking negatively.
‘We can be losing games, trophies but you have to be happy and enjoy yourself – that’s what I’m looking for.’
Now a 29-year-old with over a decade of experience in top flight football, Pogba believes he will bring leadership in his next role and help younger players around him to improve.
New boss Erik ten Hag is expected to revamp the squad this summer as Pogba exits on a free
He said: ‘I like to talk to the people and be a leader but even a leader sometimes needs his teammates to be encouraged, they need to bring him up.
‘Being a leader, it’s helping your teammates to the biggest potential.
‘A leader doesn’t need to score, a leader can be on the pitch, do his job right, pushing each other.
‘I think people around make a huge difference because they cheer you up or they can bring you down – it can be both – so you need them to bring you up.’
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