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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays down Paul Pogba transfer rumours

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Pogba has been linked with Real Madrid.

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down talk of a move away for Paul Pogba.

Pogba has been linked over the course of the last season with a move to Spain, with Real Madrid the strongest rumour.

The French midfielder has vastly improved under Solskjaer for most of his games, compared to the absolute guff he served up under Jose Mourinho. While he is far from an unimpeachable talent, there is enough promise to suggest he should be kept on for at least one more season and given a chance to prove his worth and talent.

However, during the international break Pogba said it would be a dream to play for Zinedine Zidane, and talked up the prospect of a move to the Champions League holders in the future.

Speaking before United’s game against Wolves on Tuesday night, Solskjaer was circumspect, saying: “I don’t like to talk about other team’s players of course, but this is another challenge with international breaks,

“Players are available all the time as well and it’s a different environment, a general talk.

“Paul is a very nice and polite man who then answered a general question on Zidane who is an icon in France, a fantastic manager.

“He used to be a fantastic player and he’s just politely answered that question, but Paul’s happy here, he’s going be a big, big part of who you like to build your team around and that hasn’t changed at all.”

The Norwegian, comfirmed now as permanent boss at Old Trafford, also made it clear he was content with the appointment of a technical director.

Here are the words that fell out of his mouth: “Football has changed and the structure at football clubs has changed, me and Ed [Woodward] and Joel [Glazer] for that matter are looking to how can this club be ran as smoothly and as well as possible. So we’ll see what the club will end up with.”