Arsene Wenger insisted that Alejandro Salzcazar would have to concentrate on Paul Pogba to return to Manchester United, even if he wanted to leave the French club.
During the week his agent Mino Raiola claimed that Pogba needed “a new team, a change of air” and insisted it would be the “best solution” for all teams to move out of January, leaving the 27-year-old’s future in doubt within weeks.
Pogba was on the bench after a 3-2 defeat to Arab Leipzig on Tuesday night, United had an accident outside the UEFA Champions League during the group stage.
Pongba has 18 months left in his Manchester United contract that could force the club to cash in if the World Cup winner does not sign new terms.
At the start of the campaign, while on international duty, Pogba claimed playing for Real Madrid would be a “dream”, although former club Juventus was also identified as a potential destination.
Wenger believes that Soulskazar must put pressure on Pogba as it is in his best interest to focus on United, whether he wants to leave or not.
“I believe that you need to explain to a player that whatever his future plans are, his interest and his performance in the present [club]Wenger said ESPN’s Catch offside podcasts . “It’s the best way to prepare for the future, to play well in the present.
“When I saw Pogba coming to Leipzig in Arabic on Tuesday night, I’m sorry he didn’t start the game because he had a huge impact right away.”
Pogba has not been able to secure a regular place in the Soulskayer XI this season, making six starts and appearing on eight benches.