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Man United used flowers and book to seal French prodigy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Paul Pogba's agent has revealed that Manchester United earned trust of the player's parents by sending them cheap but thoughtful gifts.

The 17-year-old's switch from Le Havre to Old Trafford led to the French club threatening the Red Devils with legal action akin to those which have resulted in a transfer ban for Chelsea.

But Gaël Mahé, Pogba's agent, insists United have done nothing wrong and they simply showed belief in the player.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mahé said: "Of course, it is a nice contract. But not only money makes a young player and his parents change their country.

"They also look at the way people talk to them, the seriousness of negotiation, the respect showed.

"Did you know what United sent to the Paul's mother? Not a big cheque, but a bunch of flowers. It cost €30 but the mother has been moved. She felt trust.

"The father received a book about the club's history, while Paul got a shirt with No 6 and his name in the back. It is a symbol, but they felt United respected them."

Pogba's mother Yeo also dismissed claims her family received a new house from United as part of their move to England.

She told France Football: "That house story made people laugh in the hotel. Why would we be in a hotel if we had been given a house? I can assure you Manchester United didn't give us anything.

"Le Havre didn't take care of my son. When Paul missed classes because he played a tournament with the team, we asked for him to catch it up but Le Havre didn't care.

"We understood the club didn't have faith in him. They proposed contracts to other same-age players, but nothing to Paul. Trust was broken."

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