Paul Pogba will be dropped for France’s friendly with Colombia as Didier Deschamps admits the midfielder’s problems at Manchester United are ‘complicated’.
Pogba arrived for international duty this week after a difficult spell for his club.
Having been the club’s star player, the 24-year-old has found himself dropped for Premier League and Champions League fixtures while his form when on the pitch has at times been woeful.
Pogba might have hoped a change of environment could kickstart his season, however reports suggest he will be among the substitutes on Friday night.
L’Equipe report he’s been struggling with a niggle the last couple of days.
France manager Deschamps said earlier this week he planned to talk with Pogba about his situation at Manchester United. It appears he’s now done so, and found the situation to be ‘complicated’.
‘Everyone is talking about Paul now,’ said Deschamps.
‘He has a complicated situation at Manchester United. But he did not lose his football ability and forget what he knows how to do.
‘I have talked with him. I deal with him the same way that I deal with other players. Maybe not the same as all the players, but he is not an outcast.
‘Sometimes you need to encourage them sometimes even to comfort them, let them know I trust them. Sometimes you need to tell the truth, being more aggressive. That’s management. I need to put the players in the best possible conditions.
‘Sometimes they come not in good physical or psychological conditions but the November truth is not the same than in March and it would be different in May or June when we would be preparing for the World Cup.’
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Pogba will have a second chance to start on Tuesday when France play Russia.
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