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Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann train with France ahead of Finland friendly – in pictures

Manager Deschamps ramps up talk about midfielder's future saying Pogba 'cannot be happy' with the situation he finds himself in at club side Manchester United

France manager Didier Deschamps has said that World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba "cannot be happy" with the situation he finds himself in at Manchester United.

The 27-year-old has started just four of United's seven Premier League games this season and just one of three in the Champions League. For brief spells toward the end of matches against Arsenal and Everton, has been asked to play on the left-wing.

United triggered a one-year extension in Pogba's contract in October, but speculation about the midfielder's future persists, with the Frenchman suggesting last month that he "dreams" of playing for Real Madrid.

"He is in a situation with his club where he cannot be happy, neither with his playing time, nor with his positioning," Deschamps said

"He is not in his best period, he has had a series of injuries and the Covid-19 which has hit him quite hard. He needs to find his rhythm.

"With me, there is no such concern. When a player is in discomfort in his club, obviously, he is happy to play for the France team. He will tell me about his feelings and as I know him very well, it will go in a positive direction."

Deschamps was speaking ahead of France's friendly against Finland on Wednesday, after which Les Bleus face Portugal and Sweden in the Uefa Nations League on November 14 and 17.

France are second in Nations League A Group 3 with 10 points from four games behind Portugal on goal difference. Croatia are third with three points while Sweden are bottom without a point.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, son of France's 1998 World Cup winner Lilian, has earned his first call-up to the squad.

Published: November 10, 2020 03:31 PM

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