Sunday 16 December 2018

Paul Pogba identifies the Premier League midfielder he believes is worth more than €100m

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Dele Alli of England holds off Paul Pogba of France during the International Friendly match between France and England at Stade de France on June 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Dele Alli of England holds off Paul Pogba of France during the International Friendly match between France and England at Stade de France on June 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted he relieved to no longer be hailed as the most expensive player in football, as he picked out the rising Premier League star he believes is already worth more than £100m.

Pogba has backed Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli to emerge as one of the game’s biggest stars in the coming years, with the 20-year-old England international already being linked with mega-money moves to Real Madrid and the two Manchester clubs as he prepares to appoint a new agent to manage his future.

The praise from Pogba adds weight to Alli’s growing reputation as one of the world’s biggest stars, as he offered up these comments to the Evening Standard.

“I think he is worth even more than £100m because you see how he plays,” said Pogba of Alli. “He is very talented but still very young, but he is mature as well. You can see that in his football.

“He can deal with the talk. You can see he doesn’t care. He should, and will, focus on his football, and the rest, they will always speak. Always focus on the field.”

Meanwhile, Pogba admitted Neymar’s mega-money move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer relieved a burden from his shoulders as he lost his tag as the most expensive footballer on the planet.

“The player with the biggest price tag is more expensive now, so people don’t think about me, they don’t care about me. It is good. Me, I just care about football,” he added.

“I don’t think about the transfer because it is not me. That was between the clubs. The Neymar deal is special for me because it means journalists are not looking at the price any more. They are more looking at my performance on the pitch. That’s what matters.

“This season, there is less pressure for me and I can focus even more on my football. To be honest, I am not someone who looks at a lot of journalists’ stuff, but I am always hearing the same stuff. You don’t want to see it but you see it, but now not being the player with the price tag helps me, it helps me a lot to focus on the field and nothing else.”

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