That’s according to ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who says clubs like Real and Barcelona will figure out a way to sign their transfer targets regardless of whether they insist they’re committed to their current club.
Pogba caused controversy on Wednesday in a press conference ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova.
The Frenchman told reporters: “Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“There is also Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”
And Nicol has described Pogba’s eye-opening comments as ‘foolish’.
“He’s obviously not the brightest if he’s coming out with that,” he told ESPN FC.
“Let’s be honest, it’s the simplest thing in the world to turn round and say: ‘listen, I’m at the biggest club in the world. So why would I want to go anywhere else?’ It’s not difficult.
“It’s just foolish.”
Nicol’s comments came after it was claimed:
“Regardless of what comes out of their mouth, if Real Madrid or Barcelona want you then they’ll figure a way out of doing it”
He continued: “If any player thinks that them turning round and saying that, ‘I love the club I’m at and that’s where my future is’, if they think that’s gonna change anything down the line with a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona, then they are just fools.
“Because regardless of what comes out of their mouth, if Real Madrid or Barcelona want you then they’ll figure a way out of doing it.”
Pogba’s long-term future at United was plunged into doubt during Jose Mourinho’s final months at Old Trafford.
The pair endured a frosty relationship towards the end of Mourinho’s reign, meaning if the Portuguese wasn’t sacked – as he finally was on December 18 – the midfielder would have most likely been forced to move elsewhere.
And Nicol’s co-pundit Shaka Hislop has leapt to Pogba’s defence.
“I’m gonna tempt to side with Paul Pogba a little bit here,” he said. “Listen, it was only three months ago that he had one foot out of the door – let’s be honest.
“[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer’s come in and albeit turned things around very quickly, but we’re still not quite sure if Solskjaer will be the manager next season and exactly what’s gonna be happening at Manchester United in the very near future.
“And until you’re sure about that, you certainly don’t close any doors.”