Robert Pires has urged Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United and says the Real Madrid transfer target has ‘unfinished business’ at Old Trafford.
French World Cup winner Pogba is being heavily linked with a move to Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane keen to work with his compatriot at the Bernabeu.
On Sunday, Pogba confirmed for the first time that he is interested in taking up a ‘new challenge’ away from Manchester United.
But Arsenal hero Pires believes Pogba should stay at United and try to help the Red Devils win the Premier League.
‘My view about Paul Pogba is that he’s a great player, but I also know that last season especially was very difficult for him,’ Pires said.
‘A lot of people just talk about the transfer because Manchester United spent a lot of money.
‘So maybe that was difficult for him to handle, particularly at the beginning. But for me, the most important thing is for him to continue at United.
‘It is one of the best and biggest clubs in the world – and he has unfinished business.
‘The reason United spent such a huge amount of money on him is that they believed a lot in Paul because he can be a real leader for their team.
‘When the club spend a lot of money like this for you, it’s because they have faith in you.
‘That’s why it’s very important to have this point in your head. I know Paul is very intelligent about this.
‘They have invested a lot in him, so I believe it’s very important that he stays at United and delivers what they know he can produce.’
Pires added: ‘I know Madrid and Zidane want Paul and that may be hard for him to resist.
‘United will play in the Europa League next season and every player wants to play in the Champions League.
‘Maybe Paul wants to win this competition with Madrid. But I think he has football to play in the Premier League.’
Pogba has made 135 appearances for Manchester United since returning to the club from Juventus three years ago.