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Paul Pogba saga is concerning for France, Varane admits

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The French midfielder is dealing with a number of issues on and off the pitch.

Raphael Varane has revealed his France teammates are worried about Paul Pogba’s situation ahead of the World Cup.

Police arrested Pogba’s brother over an alleged extortion attempt last week. The incident came after multiple claims against the France international, which accused him of using black magic on the likes of Kylian Mbappe.

Pogba is racing against time to recover for the upcoming World Cup. 

He is absent in Les Bleus’ final Nations League games before the tournament. But his recent setbacks on and off the pitch have concerned his teammates.

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“Unfortunately there is lots of non-sporting news at the moment. We try to be focused on the pitch,” Varane said.

“As a player, that is what must take precedence, but we are not insensitive to what is happening around us. Especially when it involves someone you know. We also feel concerned in a certain way.

“Internally, we’re going very well. We are focused on our objective, and we try to be as professional as possible.”

Unlike Varane, France manager Didier Deschamps refused to comment on Pogba’s situation.

“There is nothing and no one to disturb my tranquillity,” Deschamps said. “If there are fewer non-sporting debates, it is better.”

Following their victory over Austria, France will face Denmark in their next Nations League clash on Sunday.