Pogba should stay at Manchester United - Mata
Juan Mata hopes to still count Paul Pogba and David de Gea among his Manchester United team-mates for the 2019-20 season.
Paul Pogba is a positive influence on his Manchester United team-mates and should remain at the club, says Juan Mata.
World Cup winner Pogba announced his desire for a "new challenge somewhere else" in June and has been heavily linked with a transfer to former club Juventus and Real Madrid.
The Frenchman has struggled to live up to expectations since arriving at Old Trafford from Juve in August 2016 for £89million, then a world-record fee.
Pogba was still included in United's squad for their pre-season tour to Australia and Asia, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopeful of retaining his services.
Pogba brings United team together - Mata
Mata also wants Pogba to stay put and help unify the team.
"We all know Paul and he is a fantastic midfielder, and a very good guy, very positive, and a good influence for everyone," said Mata.
"I think he is happy and brings everyone together, but I cannot speak for other people - I speak for myself.
"As a team-mate and a friend I would like him to stay and be happy because he is a very good player for us."
De Gea looks set for United stay
David de Gea looks set to continue his career at United, as he is reportedly ready to sign a six-year contract extension.
"David is the best goalkeeper in the world and one of my best friends so I want him to stay," said Mata.
"On a professional level, it would be great if he stays because he will give us many points over the next season, so I'm very happy if he stays."
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