Ibrahimovic tells Man Utd to let Pogba leave and replace him with 'someone who wants to stay'

Posted Thursday, August 01, 2019 by Thesun.co.uk

Ibrahimovic tells Man Utd to let Pogba leave and replace him with 'someone who wants to stay'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had his say on the Paul Pogba exit saga Credit: Rex Features

ZLATAN IBRAHMIOVIC has told Manchester United to cut their losses on Paul Pogba and replace him with somebody who wants to be there.

Real Madrid are ready to launch a £150million raid for the 26-year-old France star, who has admitted he wants a new challenge.

But Old Trafford chiefs are demanding £180m - and Pogba's former team-mate insists they are not doing themselves any favours.

Ibrahimovic, 37, told the BBC: "I think if he doesn't want to stay, it makes no sense to keep him.

"You let him go and if he wants to be somewhere else, that is where you let him go to - use the situation and bring in somebody who wants to stay."

LA Galaxy hitman Ibrahimovic played with Pogba at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018 and warned his former club that they risk upsetting the rest of the dressing room.

He added: "The dressing is more about the players' respect each other. They're professionals and understand each other's situation. Who worries more is the club and the management.

"You don't want a player in your club or in your team that doesn't want to stay, because then you know he will not give 100 or 200 per cent, or he does that and still doesn't want to stay.

"It's a tricky situation and the best is what is the best for the club. That is what you have to look at."

Pogba re-joined United for a then world record £89m in 2016 and has 31 goals in 135 appearances.

Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Barcelona's Croatian ace Ivan Rakitic have been touted as potential replacements.

While club bosses are eyeing an audacious swap move for Paulo Dybala with Romelu Lukaku going the other way.

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