The October International Holiday has arrived and with it came the latest installment of the Paul Pogba Affair with Real Madrid.
After a relatively calm summer transitions with little or no speculation about his future, all the way to the headlines dominating him. Jadon Sancho Pogba has once again raised speculation that he is planning his next move.
The midfielder has less than a year left on his current contract and united They still have to activate the clause to extend his deal for another 12 months. Pogba confirmed that negotiations on a new deal at Old Trafford had not started despite his agent Mino Raiola saying in August that he expected talks with United’s board of directors.
Pogba has admitted that he is still thinking about his future and a possible move to Real Madrid.
“I’m in Manchester. We know it’s been talked about a lot and I haven’t [spoken about it]He said, “I heard a lot of noise that I was leaving and going to clubs, left and right.
“Today, I’m still at Manchester United and I’m fighting to try to take the club to a higher level. We’ve all heard these things said. What’s the answer? Yes, all footballers want to play for Real Madrid. Maybe. It’s a dream. It’s a dream for me,” So why not one day? As I said, I’m at Manchester United and I love my team. “
Not many fans will argue that Pogba has met expectations since he joined the club again from Juventus for a world record fee and the 27-year-old is soon to cut ties for good.
Fortunately for United, Pogba has already impressed the player who could replace him at Old Trafford: Eduardo Camavinga.
The 17-year-old scored in his first debut for the France national team, scoring a superb overhead kick during Ukraine 7-1 defeat. Pogba paid tribute to his young teammate and likened the midfielder Rennes himself.
Pogba said, “It’s a pleasure to see him in the shirt. It’s really cool that he scores after his debut. I was really happy for him. I wish him the best and much more. He has everything for that. The future is in his hands.”
“He’s very comfortable, he’s a little dancer. He makes me think a little bit about me. He’s not a shy person. He’s good, because he’s confident. He has confidence in his qualities. He’s so good. Young man, I love him so much.”
The statistics support the parallels alluded to by Pogba.
Both players tend to work in a deep playmaker role usually in a two-person midfield hub. Pogba tends to have more effect in the last third while Camavinga provides more protection for the posterior quadruple. During the past calendar year, he averaged 10.1 defensive duels per 90 minutes compared to Pogba’s 6.61. The young player also has the average number of successful interventions and interceptions more than the current United player.
Camavinga shows a maturity beyond his years and is largely composed of ball, which makes him ideal for the current Ole Gunnar Solskjaer system. The 17-year-old has completed 90.74 percent of his passes to Rennes over the past calendar year and has demonstrated his ability to dictate play the same way Pogba does when he is at his best.
Reign will be unable to maintain the midfield star as his rapid development continues and the competition for his signature is likely to be fierce. However, losing Pogba to Camavinga could prove to be a blessing in disguise for United.