Paul Pogba being backed by Man Utd dressing room despite openly 'dreaming' of Real Madrid transfer and upsetting club

PAUL POGBA still has the backing of the Manchester United dressing room despite openly 'dreaming' of a transfer to Real Madrid, according to reports.

The Frenchman, 27, made his latest ploy to manufacture a move to the Bernabeu during the international break.

He said: "Today, I am still at Manchester United and I am fighting to try to take the club even higher.

"Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?"

But according to the Manchester Evening News, the comments have not done any harm to the midfielder's popularity among his team-mates.

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The report adds that Pogba is 'highly regarded' by players and staff.

But his agent Mino Raiola has made no secret of his desire to push through a transfer, especially after Pogba admitted last year he is ready for a new challenge.

Zinedine Zidane would love to work with the £89million United No6 at the Bernabeu.

After a season disrupted by injuries and coronavirus, he stayed put this summer.

However, his contract currently expires next summer – with an option of a further 12 months – and there has been no discussions about penning a new deal.

Pogba, who has started all three Premier League games this season and scored in the Carabao Cup win over Brighton, added: "Nobody has said anything to me. I have not spoken with Ed Woodward.

"I have not been spoken to about an extension. For the moment, I am at Manchester United and I am thinking above all to hit my top form.

"I think that there will be a moment where the club comes to speak to me and maybe offers me something, or not.

"For the moment, nothing has happened. I cannot tell you something that I know nothing about.

"I am really thinking about me, to come back well and to produce great performances for my club.”

Pogba is set to reunite with his team-mates this week after returning from international duty.

The Red Devils take on Newcastle at St James' Park in the 8pm kick-off on Saturday night in their first match since the 6-1 hammering at home to Tottenham.

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