has discussed Paul Pogba’s recent lack of focus with Didier Deschamps.
Mourinho has both publicly and privately criticised Pogba over the last few months, with the Frenchman’s performances having notably dipped.
He returned to something approaching his best form for France over the international break however, scoring a delightful free-kick in a win over Russia.
Asked whether he was impressed by Pogba’s display, Mourinho stated: “I don’t comment on my players’ performances in national teams.”
It was reported earlier this week by Duncan Castles that Mourinho had held talks with France manager Deschamps over Pogba’s perceived recent lack of focus.
‘It is understood that Mourinho has discussed the issue with France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of a World Cup campaign in which Pogba is expected to be central his national team’s campaign,’ Castles wrote.
‘Deschamps is said to have been sympathetic to Mourinho’s approach, leaving Pogba out of his starting XI for France’s subsequent friendly international against Colombia. He scored a wonderful free-kick on his return on Tuesday against Russia.
‘With both club and national team manager agreed on the need to press Pogba to reapply himself to the game, the hope is that the midfielder and his entourage will cease complaining about the tactical work he has been asked to do on the football pitch and commit to justifying his €105million transfer fee.’
Quizzed on the matter, Mourinho simply replied: “Not true.
“I think the last time I spoke with Didier Deschamps was probably when we played against each other many years ago.”