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Barcelona coach Valverde confirms interest in signing Man United star Paul Pogba

Barcelona coach Valverde confirms interest in signing Man United star Paul Pogba

Mourinho was then asked specifically about Pogba's comments following the win over Leicester, during which the 25-year-old put in a man-of-the-match display and scored an early penalty.

Matic and captain Antonio Valencia returned to training on Thursday, but Mourinho says neither will be available for Brighton.

Jose Mourinho says he has never been happier with Paul Pogba as the Manchester United manager dismissed talk that tensions had come to a head this week.

The argument between Pogba and Mourinho, which concluded with the coach telling the player: "If he wants to leave, make him ask for it" has now seen the door closed on a possible departure.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde refuses to discuss the possibility of making a move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.

Pogba hinted at unrest between himself and Mourinho by saying he could be fined if he said what he wanted.

"They know how to play, they kept the same team, bought a few new players, the style is the same and the fact they lost the first match [against Watford] they are working for a reaction, to improve their game".

"When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it's exactly what I want, exactly what I demand from my players. I repeat I want him to work the way he is doing and to play the way he is doing and, for me, that's the only thing that matters".

"He's very polite, he's very educated, he never had a fight with me", Mourinho added.

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Reason for that lies in Jose Mourinho talking about the "situation" with Paul Pogba.

"So it will be a hard match for us but we are confident, the training was really really good all week".

"They could be spending £200 million, but if they lose Harry Kane or Christian Eriksen. the biggest investment was keeping all their best players".

"I am very confident but if he doesn't [play well], that's football", he said. It's exactly what I demand from my players is what he's giving me.

I don't think there was a standout person to be captain in that team, I just that that was ideal for him hopefully he can keep that.

"He's working well, he's playing well, he does [it] for the fans, he does [it] for the team and that's what I want".

"Everybody has a bad day and has little ups and downs in the performance level".

Pogba will start as captain against Brighton on Sunday and hope to continue his great form from the World Cup and last weekend's Premier League opening fixture.


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