Paul Pogba reportedly does not want to play for Manchester United despite being declared fit to play.
Paco Gonzalez, the director of Cope’s radio show ‘Tiempo de Juego’ (via Sport Witness) claims sources from inside the Old Trafford dressing room say the France midfielder is fit and has recovered from an ankle problem, but does not want to feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
Apparently the 26-year-old is now so desperate to leave the club to join Real Madrid in January that he has effectively gone on strike.
Two sources from United have apparently backed up Gonzalez’s claims, but United and Solskjaer maintain the player is still recovering from injury.
The Norwegian boss, who was against selling the former Juventus star in the summer, is now willing to sell Pogba with Manchester United said to value the player around €150million.
Pogba has not featured since United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the end of September, but Solskjaer has targeted the Manchester City game on December 7 as a potential comeback date for the World Cup winner.
Last week Solskjaer said of Pogba, who has been in Dubai working on his fitness: “He’s improving. Obviously, when you’re in a cast for that long you do lose your muscle and gradually you have to step it up.
“He’s not started on his football work yet and it will still be a little while before we see him.”
Pogba has featured in just two of United’s last 15 games due to the injury he sustained in the draw with Southampton at the end of August, but Solskjaer was insistent that United would see the player in action before the end of the year.
Pogba himself FaceTimed RMC Sport earlier this month to give an update on his injury situation and claimed he was keen to return.
Pogba said: “I’m gutted. To see the team lose without being able to play is the worst. I would like to be back to help them but the most important thing is to heal.”
Solskjaer then defended Pogba after the player posted a video online of himself playing basketball last week.
Solskjaer said: “Did I say last press conference, we don’t play basketball. I don’t see many basketball players tackling ankles twisting and turning with studs, he’s not ready to train, no.”