Jose Mourinho has branded speculation of a breakdown in his relationship with Paul Pogba as “a lot of lies”.
It was reported earlier this week by both French newspaper L’Equipe and chief Mourinho lickspittle Duncan Castles that Pogba and Mourinho were ‘at loggerheads’.
But Mourinho used his press conference on Friday to dismiss claims that Pogba wants to play in a different formation, and that the two have fallen out.
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“I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation you should say a lot of lies because I accept and can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem,” he said.
“Paul accepts he has not been playing well but that’s all and if you want to speak about it that’s one thing and speculation your words makes a little bit of sense but the majority of things you can read and listen, don’t be polite, be objective and say lies.
“I don’t have to speak with you about my conversations with my players. It is my problem, the player’s problem.
“It is a big lie that our relationship is not good, that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team so be objective and say what we all know.
“In the last couple of matches he didn’t play well, period, end of story. Now it’s my problem and Paul’s to improve his performance level, you don’t need to be a liar.”