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'He's so good', Manchester United delighted with midfielder's performance vs Newcastle United

And Pogba hopes the second star added to the French shirt will be the lead to a compatriot winning the award again - but does not put himself in that bracket. "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me. I was really determined".

But Conte, who had a contract with Chelsea until the end of this season, would give up a large part of that payment if he chose to take charge of another club in the Premier League.

Pires has pleaded with the 25-year-old to let his talent on the pitch do the talking. "That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard", he said. "This is my opinion and I would have said that to him, I would say "no, that's not something to say because you are not the manager".

The World Cup holders take on the likes of Iceland (October 11) and Germany (October 16) in the next few days before the players return to their respective clubs.

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The France global has taken a fresh swipe at the Special One over losing the vice-captaincy at Old Trafford. Yes, I think there are things that should not be done from the players' side and from the manager and above.

He cited former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a teammate of Pogba's at Juventus, as someone who could be relied upon to "show you the way on the pitch".

"For me, a leader isn't someone who wears something on his arm, who puts on the captain's armband. But I hope with all my heart that it's one of the four, because there is [also] NG [N'Golo Kante]".

Pogba made his France debut in 2013.

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