“Pogba will surprise Man United fans on his return” – Kondogbia
Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has no concerns that Paul Pogba will return to his best when he retakes the pitch for Manchester United, and is confident that his former teammate will even surprise one or two supporters when his injury problems are fully behind him.
Pogba hasn’t featured for United since Boxing Day, and amidst ongoing speculation about his future, he appears unlikely to return to action following January’s ankle surgery before next month.
While Pogba has managed just eight Premier League appearances all term, his former teammate Kondogbia has backed the 26-year-old to hit top form again when he does return to action.
“I’m not worried about Paul,” Kondogbia assured Goal. “He’s shown, previously, that he’s a great footballer who knows how do to great things.
“We know football; once you’re not on the pitch as much, or if you’re injured, or if your routine drops, then people can automatically start to forget you.
“Football has always been the same, but knowing him very well on football terms, and on a human level, he’s someone who will always excel.
“He’ll always surprise spectators because he has this strength of character, and this mental force,” Kondogbia continued. “He’s got everything going for him.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Monday, looking to cut the six-point gap that separates them from the Blues, who currently occupy the final Champions League berth.
Last month, images emerged of Pogba wearing one of Kondogbia’s Valencia shirts as he took his first steps on the road to recovery following ankle surgery, and the duo have been close since starring together for France’s youth teams.
Together, they won the 2013 U-20 World Cup together for France, with both finding the net en route to the final in Istanbul seven years ago.