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Pogba 'brings everyone together' at Man United says Mata

Juan Mata hopes fantastic and influential midfielder Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United and help turn the city red again. Credit: PA

Juan Mata hopes fantastic and influential midfielder Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United and help turn the city red again.

Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record £89million deal, the 26-year-old has publicly admitted he is open to "a new challenge somewhere else".

Those comments sent tongues wagging, as did agent Mino Raiola speaking about his client's desire to leave amid interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.

But Pogba has knuckled down during United's pre-season tour and was in good spirits at an adidas event held in Singapore's Marina Bay on Sunday.

The World Cup winner clearly enjoyed himself and told the crowd that any aspiring footballers looking to reach the top should take a leaf out of Mata's book - and the admiration is clearly mutual for a player the Spaniard would love to stay.

"We all know Paul and he's a fantastic midfielder and he's a very good guy, very positive, good influence for everyone," Mata said.

"I think he's happy, he brings everyone together.

"But I cannot speak for other people. I cannot speak for myself, for my present and my future in the club.

"And obviously as a team-mate, and as a friend also, I would like him to stay and to be happy because he is a very good player for us, but I cannot say much else."