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Paul Pogba would be a “waste of money” for £100 million and is not a “big star” yet, according to former France midfielder Emmanuel Petit.
Juventus and France midfielder Pogba suffered the disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final with his national team against Portugal and attention has turned to his club future.
A source close to negotiations has told ESPN FC that a move for the player, who has been linked with an imminent switch to his former club Manchester United, is not close to completion, while his agent has said the Premier League side are not the only team interested in his signature.
Petit, who won 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a France player, told Yahoo Sport UK: “Imagine what you can do with £100m. Imagine you have given away your best car and, after a couple of years, you miss it so you want it back. Would you be happy with that? It’s a waste of money for me. For £100m, I would buy [Luis] Suarez.
“Pogba has a great future, but it is too early. I don’t like the situation around him all the time. We are making him out to be a big star, but he is not a big star for me.”
Petit explained that he does not think Pogba has delivered enough yet on the domestic or international stage. He added that it is embarrassing to see the adulation the player is already receiving.
Petit said: “He hasn’t reached the level of the Champions League yet or the international level with the national team. I am pretty sure he can do it, but this is too early.
“People talk about him all the time in the press, sending him flowers all the time, and I’m embarrassed about that. I haven’t seen the real Pogba yet. I am sure he has got the potential to reach his targets. For the moment, I am not really convinced.”
The former Arsenal midfielder also questioned why Real Madrid would reportedly back away from signing the player if he was worth such a lofty fee.
He said: “It’s not a question of money with Madrid. When they want a player, they put the money on the table, and that’s it and they win it. If they don’t want to fight with Manchester United for £100m, there is a reason behind that.”
Arindam is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him @ARejSport
The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.
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