English Premiership

Pogba plays down transfer talk

2015-03-12 14:16
Paul Pogba (AFP)

Cape Town - Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has distanced himself from speculation regarding any future move from the Serie A club.

Earlier in the season, the player's agent, Mino Raiola, said that Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid could lead the race to buy Pogba although the French midfielder may remain in Italy for another season.

A string of stunning performances for the Italian champions has seen the combative midfielder's value rocket, with a number of top European clubs said to be lining up to secure Pogba's signature at the end of the season.

Raiola, the Dutch 'super agent' who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli among others, compared Pogba to a painting by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh.

However, the player has come out to end talk of any possible departure.

“I think I need to focus on just my football because these issues [regarding my future] can drive you crazy,” Pogba told Corriere dello Sport.

“If you want to know something about my future, ask my agent. I’m only focused on my game.

“I only think of winning the Scudetto and that if I want to be a better player, I have to work hard every day.”

Pogba has also received unsolicited transfer advice from the well-traveled France striker, Nicolas Anelka.

Anelka, an ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player, says the midfielder should move to Chelsea or Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old midfielder left Manchester United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 after failing to agree to sign a new contract at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pogba has already earned 22 national team caps for France as well as over 100 for Juventus.

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