Retirement? Paul Pogba Makes Shock Claim

Paul Pogba arrives before the match.

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Paul Pogba has never been one to shy away from controversy. Be it his social media activity, alleged bust-ups with his manager, or even questionable hairstyles, the Manchester United player loves to draw media attention. And it appears he may well have done so again, probably even without realising it.

At a press conference ahead of France’s group stage match against Denmark, Pogba revealed that this may well be his “last” World Cup, and that he remains focused on taking the team through to possibly lifting the coveted trophy.

The Frenchman could well have been talking about the competition for places at Les Bleus, but it begs the question of whether Pogba could actually be forced out of the side due to poor performances or even a voluntary retirement.

There is no question that the French side has some of the most talented players in all of Europe, and Head Coach Didier Deschamps has made it clear that nobody can take their spot for granted.

Paul Pogba may well have scored in the first game against Australia, but has been criticised by some outlets for not performing to the level that he needs to be if France are to have a chance of lifting the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.

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This statement from the 25-year-old could well mean that he realises the need to pull up his socks and understand the sheer weight of the occasion, and do enough to guide his country all the way.

Despite his manager speaking otherwise, Pogba continues to be a subject of transfer rumours at the club level following his alleged falling out with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

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The end of the World Cup could bring some attention to his future at Old Trafford, but for now, his focus seems to be just on the national team and ensuring the team finishes at the top of their group.

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