Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that the world of football will soon come to see Paul Pogba as a bargain signing.
The Red Devils re-signed Pogba from Juventus for £89m last summer, thereby making him the most expensive football player of all time. But ever since the transfer, the young Frenchman has endured a lot of criticism, with many fans and pundits alike stating the 23-year-old hasn’t performed well enough to justify that enormous price tag.
However, Mourinho believes his hugely talented midfielder will do just that within a couple of years, and silence his critics once and for all.
The Portuguese was quoted as saying (via Guardian): “I am pretty sure next summer some players with only half his quality will cost the same money.
“I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny that goes with his price. Right now when he plays well, which he does many times, people think it is normal and when he does not perform quite so well pundits and even supporters go strong on him.
“I am really happy with what he has been doing for us. He gives us an incredible balance and he is still very young. He starts buildups from the back, he recovers the ball and at the top of the pitch he is a guy that can score goals. He can be fantastic and I think in a couple of years you will realise he was cheap.”
Mourinho then spoke about the inflated transfer market, and how it is only a matter of time before the world transfer record gets broken again.
“Not many clubs have a vision of what is likely to happen,” Jose added.
“A few years ago £25million bought you a phenomenal player. Today £25 million is not even a player, just a prospect of a player. Those who are already big players are bound to cost more.
“I think next summer will bring a few surprises at this level and probably Paul will lose his status as the world’s most expensive player, which will be a good thing. He gets a lot of attention because of his price but he is still happy to play football and the most important thing for him is to never lose that happiness.”