Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Ferguson reveals Pogba difficulty

Paul Pogba

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United are finding Paul Pogba's agent "difficult" to deal with.

The 18-year-old only arrived at Old Trafford from Le Havre in 2009 amid a huge amount of controversy, yet it appears he is already getting itchy feet. A member of last season's FA Youth Cup winning side, Pogba has so far spurned United's offer of a contract extension amid rumours that Italian giants Inter Milan are interested in acquiring his services.

Manchester City have also been linked with the teenager and Ferguson said: "Pogba has an agent who has obviously become a bit difficult. But we are negotiating and we want the boy to stay. If he doesn't want to there is not a lot you can do about it. You just hope he gets the right advice."

He added: "We have an option on his contract so in that respect there is not a great emergency. But if he wants to be a Manchester United player he knows what to do."

The suggestion seems to be that Pogba has been offered more money elsewhere.

Given his lack of experience, United are unlikely to match those lucrative terms.

However, Ferguson has offered some fairly straightforward advice for the teenager, who is set to be propelled into United's Premier League squad over Christmas following confirmation Darren Fletcher is going to be missing for an indefinite period due to a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.

"Matt Busby summed it up perfectly when he said you don't need to chase money at a club like Manchester United," said Ferguson.

"He said it will eventually find you if you are a good enough player. You become rich playing for Manchester United. Players can chase money early in their career but at the end it is not the same as if they'd stayed here.

"The player has to take the decision himself but you wouldn't think you'd need to consider what he has too long. He just needs to look around him to realise."

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