Paul Pogba agent backs "respectful and professional" star

Paul Pogba with Manchester United in Australia
Paul Pogba with Manchester United in Australia

Mino Raiola insists Paul Pogba has been "respectful and professional" with Manchester United despite his desire to leave the club this summer.

Pogba, United's record signing, has travelled with the squad to Australia to kick-off their pre-season tour.

That is despite the fact Raiola, the player's agent, said last week that everyone at Old Trafford is aware that Pogba wants to leave and that he was "in the process" of arranging a move for the midfielder. Now Raiola has defended his client while questioning why United have not spoken out against criticism of the France international.

"The player has done nothing wrong, he has been respectful and professional in every way," Raiola said in a statement released to talkSPORT. "The club knows his feeling for a long time, it is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information and I'm also sorry that the club does not take any position against this. Hopefully there will soon be a satisfying solution for all parties."

Pogba trained with his Manchester United team-mates in Australia as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side got their pre-season tour under way.

Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record deal, the 26-year-old admitted during the off-season that this "could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else."

Solskjaer's men arrived in Perth on Monday and went on a walkaround, where footage of a supposed argument between Pogba and Jesse Lingard caused ripples.

But the pair worked alongside one another as United's first session in Australia got under way at the WACA on Tuesday, when new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James formed part of the group.

Romelu Lukaku also took part in training, with Inter Milan circling around a player that, much like Pogba, appears keen to leave Old Trafford.


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