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Paul Pogba not interested in Real Madrid move: Agent

Utathya Nag
1.92K   //    20 Mar 2015, 11:30 IST
Paul Pogba has established himself as one of the hottest properties in European football

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has hit out at the Real Madrid transfer policy saying the Spanish club ‘throw away’ players. He also insisted that Pogba will not be moving to Santiago Bernabeu anytime soon.

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the most sought after young players in the world after joining Juventus from Manchester United and a host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid, are reported to be keen on acquiring his services in the summer. 

Pogba recently signed a contract extension, but the speculations of a move have refused to go away. Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be a big admirer of the French midfielder, but played down speculation of an imminent bid earlier this year.

Raiola in an interview with L'Equipe said, “If that's the case, we're not interested in Real either. I have never gone to Madrid to tell them: 'Please, would you like to buy Pogba?'

“Real Madrid are a club that is used to buying players like you buy a facecloth, and then throws them away like a facecloth.”

Pogba doesn’t want a club like Real Madrid: Agent

Raiola, who also boasts of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one of his clients, cited the example of Colombian James Rodriguez’s big money move to Madrid last summer as an example of Real’s flawed transfer strategy.

He said, “Real are a team that sees a player who has six good games at the World Cup and buys him.

“We don't want to go to a club like that. We want to go to a club that believes in Paul's potential. I am not closing the door to Real, but I'm not opening it either.”

The agent also confirmed Ancelotti’s admiration of Pogba saying, “He told me personally that, in his opinion, Paul is among the best young players in the world.”

PSG keen on Pogba while Juventus reluctant to let him go

If reports are to be believed, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi recently met the French international and suggested the French champions were keen to bring the Paris-born player back home.

Raiola said, “That means that they're perhaps interested, but I will start to think that from the moment there is something concrete.

“I just know that Paul, whichever club he'll be at, will succeed.”

Despite all the interest, Juventus too are keen to keep hold of their prized asset. Earlier this week, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta came out in the media saying, “There are many suitors for Pogba, but we do not want to open negotiations and we want him to stay with us.”

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