Ralf Rangnick will not entertain any agent talk as Manchester United manager, sending a clear message to Mino Raiola in his response to claims that Anthony Martial wants to leave the club
Just over a year ago, Raiola claimed “it was over” for his client at Old Trafford in one of many hints that an exit was a forgone conclusion, yet Pogba remains a United player.
However, with the 28-year-old’s contract expiring in June 2022, his final decision to recommit to the club or cut ties is looming.
Rangnick, though, is unwilling on beating around the bush when it comes to deciding players’ futures, meaning Pogba cannot play games with his new boss and continue communicating through his agent.
Join the debate! Should Pogba sign a new deal with Man Utd? Comment your thoughts here.
The interim manager’s stance was crystal clear when he was asked about Anthony Martial’s desire to ditch the Red Devils.
“I don’t communicate with agents via the media or the press,” the German firmly stated. “The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it… To be honest, what his agent has said in the media is not that much of interest.”
Then asked whether he would speak to the forward about his Lamboley’s admission, Rangnick added: “No, because then I’d react to what the agent has said.
“It should be the player. If a player wishes to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whoever.
“I have never spoken to a player via media or agents.”
His predecessor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, held the same sentiment but was less bullish in December 2020 when he reminded Raiola that football was a team game.
“I wouldn’t say he’s not worth keeping but, of course, players have to want to play and stay for a club and a big club like Manchester United,” Rangnick affirmed.
“If a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United medium or long-term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.”
For now, though, Pogba must concentrate on returning to full fitness and making his first appearance under his third permanent manager in five years before the New Year.
Have your say! How should Man Utd line up against Brentford? Pick your team below.
“From what I’ve heard so far, it’ll take another couple of weeks until he’s fit for training again,” Rangnick revealed, also unhappy that Pogba’s rehabilitation was taking place on the other side of the world instead of Manchester.
“I suppose it will take him another couple of weeks to get him match fit but in the first instance it’s important for him to become fully fit, to be able to train with the rest of the group.
“Then we have to develop him physically and tactically to be also fit to play in the Premier League.”
So, when the inevitable times comes for Rangnick to respond to more claims from Raiola, Pogba’s go-to guy should expect a stern answer.