Man Utd board react to Paul Pogba’s public demand to leave

The in-demand Frenchman says he is ready for a ‘new challenge’ (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United’s hierarchy are less than impressed by Paul Pogba’s decision to go public with his desire to leave Old Trafford – though still intend to keep the Frenchman.

Pogba told reporters in Tokyo that it could be time for a ‘new challenge’ amid interest from both Juventus and Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane having made his countryman Real’s top midfield target this summer.

But according to the Angle News, Pogba’s comments went down like a lead balloon in the United boardroom, who were ‘distinctly unimpressed’ with the club’s record signing.

Pogba has been touring Asia with United’s shirt sponsor Adidas (Picture: Getty)

Last summer, amid interest from Barcelona, they made it clear that he would not be leaving and that stance remains the same now despite going public.

As far as United’s board are concerned, it would take an ‘astronomical’ offer to convince them to sell and they are planning for next season with Pogba still at the club.

United bosses are also frustrated that Pogba used a promotional tour with an official club partner – shirt sponsors Adidas – to make the statement about his future.

Speaking to reporters during a tour of Asia, he explained: ‘Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well.

Pogba scored 13 goals and laid on nine assists in the Premier League last season (Getty)

‘For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great, some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.

‘After everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.’

Pogba enjoyed his best season for United, leading the club’s goals and assists charts, and any club looking to sign him will need to stump up around £150million.

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