Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hit out at Paul Pogba over his lifestyle choices, claiming that his private life is 'unstable'.
Pogba is one of the most in-demand players in Europe ahead of the summer transfer window, with a host of top clubs chasing his signature.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for the French international in recent months, although it would seem as though Madrid are now out of the running.
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Previously Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has hit out at the Spanish giants for their treatment of stars, accusing them of buying players before 'throwing them away' - however since making those remarks last month Raiola has been spotted at the Real Madrid team hotel before their Champions League tie against Juventus.
Perez's latest comments are likely to throw a move into doubt once more though. Speaking ahead of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final tie between Juventus and Real Madrid on Wednesday, Perez accused Pogba of not living life right off the pitch.
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Spanish newspaper AS report that Real Madrid have been scared off by Pogba's lifestyle, while Perez is quoted as saying: "Until a year ago [Pogba] lived with his mother, he doesn’t come out at night and yes, he’s very religious."
AS also report that Juventus are holding out for an offer in the region of €100 million in order to let their star player go, although publicly the Italian giants have insisted that they want him to stay put for at least one more season.
Pogba has been out of action through injury since the Champions League quarter-final win against Borussia Dortmund almost two months ago, returning to play 63 minutes in Juventus' 1-1 draw with Cagliari over the weekend.
Speaking after the game, the former Manchester United man said he was hoping of taking part against Real Madrid this week, although he conceded that he won't be fully fit in time.
"It would be magnificent to reach the final," he said. "I always said that we wanted to go as far as possible and if we could reach the final, it would be fantastic. I'm happy with my performance and with my condition during the game. I felt good. I ran a lot and didn't feel anything so we're on the right path. I'm always ready."
It's hard to avoid the feeling that Perez is putting negative comments out there to either help his team in negotiations or to distance Real Madrid from a move in order to counter the reports that Juventus want a €100 million for the midfielder.
There's one thing that is for certain and that's Paul Pogba will fetch close to a record fee if he is to move in the summer, and this is sadly the sort of silly games the fans will have to contend with until the summer window is shut.
Finish the sentence: Next season Paul Pogba will be playing for ____________
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