Paul Pogba should leave Manchester United if he feels too big or no longer wants to play for the club, says former Red Devils midfielder Jesper Olsen.
The France international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid toward the end of the season and the diminutive midfielder said Los Blancos are “a dream club for every player“.
Joining Los Blancos would empower Pogba to connect up with countryman Zinedine Zidane, who is apparently being given an extensive transfer spending plan to patch up his squad. Pogba’s future at Old Trafford was increasingly uncertain under Jose Mourinho however since the Portuguese left in December he has flourished under newly appointed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speculation as it that he could move to the Bernabeu with Pogba having effectively left United once in his career, joining Juventus having failed to break through into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think in the old days Ferguson was the same,” Olsen said to Omnisport.
“If you don’t want to play for the club then don’t stay! And I think that’s the case too with Pogba.
“Of course you would continue without him but it would be great to see him stay as well because he is an important part of the team.”
Like Pogba, Christian Eriksen has been linked with joining Madrid at the end of the campaign, when his contract at Tottenham will only have a year left to run.
Eriksen made his 200th Premier League appearance in Spurs’ 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday, which was their first game in their new home, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Former Denmark international Olsen feels Eriksen may be ready to test himself in a new league, with the 27-year-old in the peak years of his career.
“He is important, of course, he’s a very unselfish player too,” Olsen added of his compatriot, who has also been linked with LaLiga leaders Barcelona.
59 – Christian Eriksen has now assisted 59 goals in his 200 Premier League games; only Cesc Fàbregas (66), David Beckham (62), Thierry Henry (61) and Dennis Bergkamp (60) provided more in their first 200 appearances in the competition. Greats.
“He has lots of qualities, sometimes he could do even more than what he does because he’s that unselfish player that you don’t always notice as much, but he’s a huge link in the Tottenham side. Great quality, no doubt about it.
“It [moving to LaLiga with Madrid or Barca] would be a big challenge for him for sure. He’s been in England for quite a while. Ajax and then to the UK, us Danes we like to try different places and experience different things, so I think that would be a great experience for him as well.”
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is requesting a pay rise around £500,000 per week if he is to stay put at Old Trafford, as the club look to open contract talks with the midfielder, according to The Sun.
Real Madrid are said to be preparing a summer bid for the France star, who has long flirted with the Spanish giants and United are ready to tie him down to a new deal, but Pogba wants to earn the same as the club’s top paid player Alexis Sanchez.