Pogba: 'I don't need the armband to be a leader'

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"As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I've seen leaders who didn't necessarily talk", the midfielder submitted.

France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has told AFP in an interview that his global teammates give him the freedom to express himself and be the team's leader.

"Jose Mourinho owes Paul Pogba an apology", Crooks wrote in his BBC column.

France's midfielder Paul Pogba poses in Clairefontaine en Yveline.

Do you think Pogba is a natural leader? Yes, I think there are things that should not be done from the players' side and from the manager and above. "It's the squad that put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself, and gave me the confidence to".

The 25-year-old midfielder played a big part in Les Bleus' campaign in Russian Federation, scoring a goal in the final as Didier Deschamps' side beat Croatia 4-2 to lift the coveted trophy.

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"I've never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me", he said. Now say nothing, play football and walk out.

"I think he (Pogba) has done it (public comments) on goal, and I don't think that is right", said Saha, speaking at the AFDP Spirit of Soccer launch.

"He [Deschamps] gave me good advice not to block this relationship that you have with journalists, the world, the fans", he said.

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".

Hugo Lloris lifted the trophy in Moscow in mid-July as Didier Deschamps' captain, and Pogba said he would continue being an influential figure in the squad even if he never replaced the Tottenham goalkeeper. "Whether it be "Grizou" [Antoine Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it a lot more than me".

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