Paul Pogba has hinted he wants Manchester United to sign Aurelien Tchouameni by calling his France team-mate ‘extraordinary’ and insisting it is a ‘pleasure’ to play next to the Real Madrid and Chelsea transfer target.
Tchouameni, 21, is enjoying a breakthrough year for club and country, making 42 appearances for Monaco last season and earning five caps for France.
Pogba and Tchouameni both started France’s Nations League final against Spain on Sunday, helping Didier Deschamps’ side seal a comeback victory and win the tournament.
Manchester United midfielder Pogba says Tchouameni is a ‘very, very good’ player and insists he ‘always’ wants to play ‘by his side’.
Last week, Spanish outlet Marca claimed Real Madrid had expressed interest in signing Tchouameni, with Champions League holders Chelsea also said to be admirers of the youngster.
Asked about his France team-mate following the Nations League win, Pogba told RTL: ‘Very, very good. He’s not a boy, he’s a man.
‘It’s a pleasure to play next to him. He brings a lot of energy. A lot of energy, extraordinary technical and physical quality.
‘We wish him to play a lot more games and that I am always by his side.’
Italian giants Juventus are also said to be monitoring Tchouameni, who was named the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year last season and was also picked in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
France were forced to come from behind against Spain after Mikel Oyarzabal’s second-half opener, but did so through goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.
Following the victory, Benzema told French television channel M6: ‘I really wanted to win a trophy with France, and now it’s done.
‘We showed strength of character, because this team is very strong, never gives up and we have proven it today.
‘It is the sign of a great team not to panic, to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity.’