Agent Mino Raiola has backtracked on his claims that Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United in the coming months.

He caused a stir in December by stating that the Frenchman ‘needs a new team’ to thrive.

Pogba has been linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid and former club Juventus.

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In an interview with BBC Sport, Raiola was asked about the Pogba transfer speculation.

He said: “I just expressed an opinion, I didn’t want to cause any problem.

“I don’t think that it destabilised anybody, because they [Man Utd] had a fantastic run and they were even first, for a period, in the league.

“You think big players like Paul Pogba – or [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer, who won everything in his life – get destabilised by what Mino Raiola says? Come on, please. But I don’t talk about it any more. It makes life a little bit boring, but it is what it is.

“Whenever I tell my opinion, everyone in England goes berserk, and I am the worst agent, or the best agent…and the clubs get so stressed from the public and journalists that I have learned not to talk much about it.”

Pogba is thought to be wanted by Juve, who could use Paulo Dybala as part of a player-plus-cash deal.

The 27-year-old left Turin for United in August 2016 for a club-record £89million fee.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane is also a big fan of Pogba. He could convince club officials to make a big money move for the player this summer.

Despite the intense rumours, Pogba continues to be an integral player for the Red Devils.

He’s made 19 appearances this season, scoring three goals and assisting one more in the league.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was starting to find an effective way of playing both Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

But that was before he picked up a hamstring injury during the 3-3 draw with Everton.

It’s not yet known when Pogba will return to first team action.

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