Paul Pogba has claimed he has hardly spoken to Jose Mourinho this season as he refused to deny he has a rift with the Manchester United boss.
The £89m midfielder is at the centre of a debate over his role in the France team just before the World Cup.
And his role at Old Trafford has also caused debate this season. Asked by France Football if he was a “puzzle” to his coaches, he said: “I don’t know – you will have to see with them.
“There is the team, the coach has to make his choices. If he thinks he has to put me on the bench because I was not good or he prefers to change the system, it is his choice. This year, I have been on the bench.
“Why? I was injured. Then I had a virus. Against Newcastle, I was taken off, I had a virus and I could not breathe. Nobody knew, only the inside, me, the doctor, and I did not go crying in the media to say that I was not well.”
Asked if there is a problem with Mourinho, Pogba said: “I am not the coach. You will have to see with him. He made his choices. Have I had talks with him? Not necessarily. He took me off, like that. Like I said, I do my job he does his.”
And asked about a possible future move to Paris Saint-Germain, the 25-year-old from the suburbs of the French capital said: “I am at Manchester, I have my contract her for now. All the rest is just words. That’s it. I am concentrating on the World Cup.
“It is always great to play with great players. But that does not mean I want to go over there.
In a long interview, Pogba claims he is “a man who is judged differently” in all aspects of his life but his aim is to win the Ballon D’Or and be recognised as the world’s best player.
“There is work to be done,” he admitted. “I have to be a lot more consistent, better. Right now, I cannot talk about the Ballon D’Or. I have to get better and be better. Let’s take the example of the maestro Iniesta. He is a leader of his team but he is not going to be judged on his goals. I scored nine goals last season and him six.
“We are going to say what? That he had a good season Paul? We are always gong to say that it is not enough. But, basically, it is not my role to score. N’Golo Kante, do you judge him on his goals and assists? No.
But he was elected the best French player abroad and the best player in the Premier League last year. Because he does his job and he is the best in the world in his role. He is judged on that, on his influence, winning back the ball, his role. Everyone should be judged like that.
“My career is not finished, I cannot say that now. There is work to be done. I hope to progress and get better, win a maximum number of titles. Right now, I am not where I want to be .”