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Dimitar Berbatov wants Paul Pogba to stay put with Manchester United

Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov is hopeful that Paul Pogba remains with the Red Devils beyond the European transfer window. The France international has been heavily tipped to make the move to Real Madrid this summer and the deal remains a possibility with the Spanish transfer window closing only on September 2.

Speaking for Betfair, the ex-Bulgaria international highlighted the qualities of the former Juventus man, who was sensational during the second half of the Red Devils’ 4-0 league win over Chelsea last weekend. He added that the Frenchman is a special player, who has the perfect interpretation of the game and only a package of around £200m may tempt the Red Devils to sanction his sale.

He said: “Pogba's perfect pass to Marcus Rashford for United's third goal was what I call 'pure football'. When I played for United, Michael Carrick would get the ball and his first thought was always to play it forward. He knew exactly where I was and there are plenty of examples of him giving me the ball to score a goal. Special players save their energy for the exact right moment. If United receive a bid from Madrid in the next fortnight in the region of £200m, then the transfer will happen. But I hope Pogba stays at United and I don't think Zidane will quit Madrid if he fails to sign his compatriot.”

Pogba’s future has been a regular discussion point since the start of the summer after the midfielder acknowledged that he may consider a new challenge elsewhere. While there has been no progress over a transfer agreement with Los Blancos, there remain doubts regarding his future after he recently admitted that there are still question marks over his situation.

United have so far turned down a player-plus-cash deal involving James Rodriguez from Los Blancos but reports suggest that the Madrid giants could return for the midfielder before the Spanish transfer deadline. The Red Devils, though, don’t have the means to register a new player with the Premier League transfer window already closed and they may want to delay any deal until January at the least.